TOPEKA (KSNT)- Zach Haney is a 19-year-old author, investor, and business owner. On Friday, he announced his candidacy for the Topeka City Council District 4 seat.
Haney is nationally recognized as a young entrepreneur earning the title “One of America’s Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs.”
Upon graduating Shawnee Heights High School in 2014, Haney now studies at Washburn University. When Haney was fourteen, he created Teens Taking Action, the organization conducted community service projects throughout Haney’s high school career. At sixteen, he developed a full service party and event rental company. His business serves clients throughout Northeast Kansas and beyond.
In the fall of 2014, Haney published his first book entitled, “The Teen CEO”. Haney hopes to bring a fresh voice to the Topeka City Council, he feels “it’s time for new ideas and more civic engagement.”
His parents instilled the importance of community service at a young age and he has been raised to understand the value of commitment. Whether through school, relationships, community, or church, standing firm to what matters and standing up to lead when necessary.
Haney plans to fight for lower business taxes that will attract entrepreneurs and innovators. He also wants to see new start-ups and beautification in areas of Topeka that have been neglected. Haney believes he can engage more Washburn University students to become involved in the changes that Topeka needs in order to grow and prosper for years to come.
Haney understands the needs of Topeka and District 4. He is convinced that the continued budget crisis of Topeka is tied to overspending and overtaxing. “As a small business owner, I make sacrifices for the success of my company. As a city council person, I will do what is right for all Topekan’s because they deserve a council that is fiscally responsibly.”