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Butch EllisonIncumbent 8th District Unified Government Commissioner Butch Ellison answered a question at the March 20 candidate forum sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce and 15 other groups. (Photo by Debra DeCoster)
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Jane Winkler PhilbrookJane Winkler Philbrook, candidate for Unified Government Commissioner, 8th District, answered a question at the March 20 candidate forum sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce and 15 other groups. (Photo by Debra DeCoster)
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8th District UG Commission candidatesCandidates for the 8th District, Unified Government Commission, Butch Ellison, left, and Jane Winkler Philbrook, appeared at a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Kansas CIty, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Debra DeCoster)
Jane Winkler Philbrook
8th District UG Commission candidates
Incumbent Commissioner Butch Ellison and Jane Winkler Philbrook are running for election to the 8th District, Unified Government Commission.
Benoyd (Butch) Ellison, incumbent commissioner, 73, is running for a fourth term. He was first elected in 2001.
Ellison is retired after 37 years as an instructor and administrator in the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools. His assignments included Washington High School. Ellison also is the former director of the Model Cities Program; and Jobs Program, Fairfax Industries.
He has a master’s in education administration from the University of Kansas, and a bachelor’s from KU, where he played varsity basketball. He also has an associate degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College and is a Sumner High School graduate.
Ellison cited his 12 years of experience, and added he did not support increased taxes, but would maintain the tax levels this year. He also wants to encourage development, and stabilize the midtown area. Development in areas such as Indian Springs is needed. The UG needs to be more aggressive in collecting delinquent property taxes from those who owe the largest amounts.
At a recent forum he said he had accomplished one of his goals, to reopen a grocery store in the 8th District.
“I am working for the betterment of everyone in Wyandotte County. My philosophy is to respect the work and dignity of each human being,” he said.
Jane Winkler Philbrook, 62, an optometrist, said she would like to help reduce property tax burdens for Wyandotte County taxpayers through responsible solutions.
“I feel I am called to do this,” she stated about running for office. “It is the right time for me. With all of my community involvement over the years I believe it is time to step forward and use my experience, knowledge and passion for my community as a leader in the position of 8th District Commissioner.”
At a recent forum she said her priorities for the district include working on infrastructure, on Leavenworth Road, plus she would like to see property taxes come down.
Philbrook holds degrees from the University of Missouri St. Louis School of Optometry, Park College and Washington High School. She has served as the vice president of Business West, on the State Avenue Improvement Committee, as past president of the Kiwanis Kansas City West, and on several professional groups.
Her 20-plus years of being a small business owner would help to find efficiencies in the system to help lower costs and increase services, she noted. She stated she brings small business experience with more than 20 years of serving residents from all walks of life, and understands the needs of residents and businesses.