Matthew LaHue is announcing his candidacy for mayor of Shawnee.

LaHue was born and raised in Shawnee, graduating from Shawnee High School and East Central State University with a bachelor of arts in history. He and his wife, Royanna, have been married seven years. He is a history and government teacher at Shawnee Public Schools.


Matthew LaHue is announcing his candidacy for mayor of Shawnee.
LaHue was born and raised in Shawnee, graduating from Shawnee High School and East Central State University with a bachelor of arts in history. He and his wife, Royanna, have been married seven years. He is a history and government teacher at Shawnee Public Schools. 
LaHue and his family are members of St. John Lutheran Church, where he serves on the church building committee and is a former church council member.
LaHue said he decided to seek the office of mayor to “bring respect and common sense back to city hall.”
He said he would address issues of sanitation, water and infrastructure, specifically water transmission, water and sewage treatment, street construction and street maintenance.
“City government must take care of these issues as soon as possible,” he said. “As mayor, there will be no personal agendas; we all must work together to make Shawnee the great place we know it can be.”
LaHue said his long-term vision for Shawnee is to look at curbside recycling; citywide mass transit; programs to revitalize historic neighborhoods; and turning the Shawnee Animal Shelter into a no-kill facility.
“To accomplish these goals, the city must work to bring in companies that will increase and diversify the tax base,” he said. “The city must work with the school systems and universities to keep young people here as productive members of the city. 
“As mayor, I pledge to make Shawnee a progressive city that listens to all citizens and values their input.”