Inga Selders has been a resident of Prairie Village since she was a child. She attended Prairie Elementary, Indian Hills Middle School, and Shawnee Mission East High School. After attending Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, she moved back to Prairie Village where she graduated from UMKC with a major in Elementary Education.
Inga spent several years teaching in the Shawnee Mission School District before she and her husband decided to create the music and sound production company, Substream Music & Sound Design. For nearly 10 years, they have collaborated with numerous companies including many not for profits such as, The Kauffman Foundation, Great Plains SPCA, Lung Cancer Alliance, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, WildAid, and MADD.
Currently, Inga's children Ashley, Sam, and Drew all attend Prairie Elementary. This year Inga coached the STEM robotics program, LEGO League at Prairie Elementary. Go AstroPanthers!!!
This past December Inga graduated from the Prairie Village Police Departments Citizens' Police Academy. Over the course of 10 weeks, she got a firsthand perspective of almost every aspect of the police department as well as learning about the level of community involvement and engagement that the PVPD has within our community.
Over the past few years, Inga has become more and more involved with matters affecting Prairie Village. In 2016, she became frustrated with the number of power outages and lack of response from KCPL. She decided to take matters into her own hands and created a petition asking KCP&L to replace and upgrade the infrastructure on her block. She pulled together neighbors and teamed up with her state representative, Jerry Stogsdill as well as City Administrator, Wes Jordan. Through these efforts, the entire electrical infrastructure was upgraded and replaced on her block. Since then, there have been no additional power outages.
Inga has been a strong voice for Prairie Village concerning the uptick of home construction companies and the effect that it has had both aesthetically as well as economically. As a City Council representative, she would continue to focus on these issues. She would also push for the creation of a "Code of Conduct" that home building companies must adhere to moving forward.
The Village Shops are also near and dear to her heart. For the past few years, she had been deeply troubled by the amount of longtime Mom and Pop shops shuttering while at the same time watching the infrastructure of the shops continue to deteriorate. This led her to publicly question the CID that is in place between the City and First Washington. It also led to the creation of another petition asking First Washington to address the sidewalks on the property that had been crumbling for years. These sidewalks had been a nuisance and liability to residents for years. After the petition, First Washington finally made the necessary repairs.
Inga sees the importance of community involvement and the real power that this involvement has when it comes to making positive changes and to hold those accountable that need to be. The saying "It takes a village" rings so true here in our beloved Prairie Village.
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