Veteran business professional Clark Trammell becomes third candidate to file to run for mayor

Topekan Clark Trammel this week became the third candidate in the race for mayor. (Submitted)

Citing his more than 45 years experience in business, banking, transportation and economic development, Topekan Clark Trammell this week became the third candidate in the race for mayor of Topeka.


“My career path has taken me through so many experiences which will directly benefit our Capital City of Kansas,” Trammell said in a news release. “My natural inclination drives me to put my experience and dedication to work for the city I call home.”

Trammell, 70, of 1147 S.W. Randolph Ave., filed Thursday to enter the race at the Shawnee County Election Office, said assistant election commissioner Mark Stock.

Trammell said this community faces challenges in areas that include infrastructure, code compliance and the medical services available to its citizens.

“But there are also so many wonderful aspects of Topeka that haven’t been able to move forward,” he said. “We need capable leadership in order to build consensus and allow our community to reach its potential.”

Trammell said he and his wife, Bobbi, remodeled and live in the house where she grew up after her father built it in 1938.

“We chose to return to Topeka because it is home, a beautiful community and a great place to live,” he said.

Trammell said he oversaw a successful financial turnaround as general manager for Topeka Yellow Cab after moving back here in 2004. He indicated he previously was general manager for Denver Metro Taxi Inc., which he readied for a successful sale that took place in 2004.

Trammell said his experience also includes:

Being responsible for the successful turnaround of four additional Denver cab companies and two shuttle companies.

Serving as president and CEO for the Home Savings and Loan Association in Bartlesville, Okla.

Being a contract managing agent for the FDIC.

Working in Topeka with Heritage Bank as the chief credit officer, FHLB as a collateral review analyst and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka as a consultant and director of the disadvantaged business enterprise program.

Having started three new businesses in Topeka for a client.

Currently managing his consulting practice, the Kansas Executive Group/Colorado Executive Group LLC.

Having served as a member of the board for the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority and as a parking commissioner in Denver.

Being current chairman of the Kansas Ballet Company.

Trammell’s background makes him ideally suited for leadership of a city which is not unlike the businesses he has helped to manage and guide throughout his career, he said.

“A community’s physical health is directly related to its fiscal health,” he said.

Trammell joins Mark Weiser and Topeka City Councilwoman Michelle De La Isla in seeking the mayoral office, which pays $40,000 a year. Mayor Larry Wolgast has said he won’t seek re-election.

The deadline will be at noon June 1 for candidates to file for the seven seats on Topeka’s governing body that will be up for a vote, including the mayor’s office.

The city will hold primary elections Aug. 1 and general elections on Nov. 7 for the mayor’s office and the seats in Topeka City Council districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9.

Candidates are required to pay a $20 local filing file and a $50 state registration fee, though they may avoid paying the $20 fee by instead filing for nomination by petition. Trammell filed by paying his fees.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.