Five applicants have filed so far for the vacant 1st District, at-large seat on the Unified Government Commission.
The applicants as of Monday afternoon are Donald Budd Jr., Jarvis Collier, Mark Gilstrap, Kelly Kultala and Robert Milan Jr., according to the UG clerk's office.
Applicants have until 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, to file applications in the UG clerk's office.
The Unified Government Commission will interview the applicants, background checks will be done, and the commission will select the new commissioner.
The commissioner will replace Mark Holland, who had two years left on his commission term when he became mayor.
Budd is a board member of the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission, and is from a family active in developing housing. Budd, listed in court documents as owner of Central Pawn, had a lawsuit this year against the Unified Government in the U.S. District Court in Kansas.
The Rev. Jarvis Collier, pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., ran unsuccessfully against Mike Kane for the 5th District UG Commission seat in the recent election. Collier favored "smart growth." He was the developer of a 43-unit housing project in the former Northeast Junior High School. He served as the past chairman of the board of the United Way of Wyandotte County.
Mark Gilstrap and Kelly Kultala are former state senators from the 5th District. Kultala defeated Gilstrap previously in an election. Gilstrap, UG deputy revenue director, is now the Wyandotte County Republican Party chairman. Kultala, communications and development coordinator for the Piper Public Schools, has a background in the nonprofit grant foundation field. She was the lieutenant governor candidate on the Democratic ticket in the most recent governor's election. After redistricting changed the boundaries of the 5th District this year, Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican from Leavenworth, won the district.
The Rev. Robert Milan Jr. is the pastor of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church and is on the executive committee of the NAACP. In September 2012, as president of the Baptist Ministers Union of Kansas City, Kan., he led an effort to tell the Unified Government Commission that more development was needed in northeast Kansas City, Kan. At that time he said a quality supermarket was the top need of the northeast area, and he also was concerned about minority contractors receiving an opportunity to bid on new projects.