Life-Long Kansan - Family Advocate - Servant Leader
Commissioner O’Hara, a 4th generation Kansan, was raised on a farm near Mapleton. The family dairy was active until she graduated from high school, which meant chores every night and morning until she left home to go to college.
She graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor's in Education. She did her student teaching in the Olathe School district, substituted for a short time in that district and then later homeschooled her two youngest children. Commissioner O’Hara was a general contractor and developer. She now owns small industrial buildings in Olathe and has an ownership in a family manufacturing business in Olathe with her son. Charlotte is a proud member of St. Michael's Parish.
"Charlotte O'Hara has been a consistent and reliable conservative voice for families in Johnson County"
A CAREER OF SERVICE
Charlotte O’Hara has been an active voice on local issues for over 20 years. From advocating for individuals and families, to serving as a state legislator (2010-2012) in Kansas, public service has been a staple of her career. O'Hara knows the value of parental involvement in schools. Most recently Charlotte provided the leadership in dealing with a 30 year issue of a hazardous, abandoned building near a Blue Valley School. "O'Hara was able to unite the county commissioners to permanently address the diecasting factory that was abandoned in the early nineties, she pressed for the county to find a true solution to the on-going safety concern", said Jared Coleman, area resident.
Commissioner O’Hara served as 3rd District Chair for the Republican Party from 2007-2009 and served as Representative for the Kansas 27th District from 2011-2012. In addition, she served on the City of Olathe Board of Code Review and the JoCo Heritage Trust Fund, serving as chair on both boards.
Commissioner O’Hara has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She is a poet, musician, an avid horse enthusiast and loves to bike (rail to trails out of Osawatomie and Ottawa) or workout on her Nordic Trac and stationary bike. She encourages everyone to find time to focus on their health and prioritize physical activity. Family and connection can do amazing things for our community.