Candidate for

Lenexa City Council

Ward 3

Leading Lenexa by Listening to Lenexa

Statement on Keeping the Ad Astra Pool

Ward 3 is home to Ad Astra Pool, which the Lenexa City Council recently voted to keep open. I support this decision, and will continue to advocate for the funding necessary to expand, renovate & upgrade not only Ad Astra Pool, but all of the city's aquatic facilities. Public pools are a vital component of our city's high quality of life, as well as an equity issue. If anything, we should be building more public pools, not closing them down. I was disappointed to see that the incumbent Councilman Corey Hunt, did not respect the wishes of his constituents and vote in favor of keeping Ad Astra open. I stand with the Ward 3 residents who have actively organized to save Ad Astra Pool.

My name is Melanie Arroyo and I am running for city council. As a clinical counselor and art therapist, I believe in creating a community that supports the mental and emotional health needs of our neighbors through active and empathic listening, and by promoting an atmosphere of care and support in our communities. I am also an avid supporter of the arts for all ages, a proponent of mental health solutions across all settings, and an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives. I am fortunate to come from a bicultural upbringing that values family, collaboration, and an impeccable work ethic. Together, let’s move Lenexa forward this November!