Read the Shawnee Mission Post’s article, “Mission resident Trent Boultinghouse seeks Ward 1 seat on council”, announcing Trent’s candidacy for Mission City Council. The story outlines his plans if elected, as well as the ways in which Trent’s background in data has prepared him for office.
A Kansas native, Boultinghouse has been living in Mission for the past four years. In his first time running for office, he hopes to focus on resources that would encourage renters to make Mission a more permanent home.
“We need council members who ensure our government works toward progress, tolerance, and sustainability,” Boultinghouse said. “I will work to give all residents of Ward 1 – from the empty nesters to the young professionals – a seat at the table.”
He said he wants to continue the momentum he’s seen on the council, especially in light of recent decisions such as adopting a non-discrimination ordinance for the LGBTQ community as well as participating in KCP&L’s clean energy initiative.
“In general, I would like to support those efforts, provided that they make sense for our town,” he said.
As a data analyst at Epiq Global Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas, Boultinghouse said he focuses on data-driven strategic planning.
“What we do is try to create narratives and strategic decisions based on what data is showing, so a lot of it is pulling together a bunch of disparate points to create one cohesive narrative,” he said. “I think government, in general, is a lot of that, and I think too often, people would really get a lot more out of their government if they could see how everything is connected. I have a lot of experience on consolidating all of these different things into a digestible format so that people would be able to understand how their government works for them, how their money is being put to use.”