Former State Sen. Mark Gilstrap is considering applying for the Unified Government Commission at-large, District 1 seat.
In an announcement today, Gilstrap, who is the Wyandotte County Republican Party chairman, said he is considering putting in his name for nomination to the seat being vacated by Mayor Mark Holland.
“I am tickled to death that some people in the community are encouraging me to apply for the open seat,” Gilstrap said in a news release.
“I have 31 years of financial experience with city-county government and 12 years as a Kansas state senator," he said.
"I helped to get the Speedway, The Legends and I cast the deciding vote for the Hollywood Casino,” Gilstrap said.
Among other candidates who have said they are interested in serving as UG Commissioner from the 1st District at-large are former Sen. Kelly Kultala, who defeated Gilstrap in a previous election; former UG Commissioner Nathan Barnes; and Melissa Bynum.
Gilstrap's brother, Mike, is a former UG Commissioner at large in the 1st District. Mike Gilstrap lost to Mark Holland by 31 votes in a previous commission election.
"I'd like to see some more economic development on the east side of town," Mark Gilstrap said Saturday. He added that if appointed, he would like to make sure the UG is spending its money wisely.
Mark Gilstrap is currently deputy revenue director for the UG, and is the former city treasurer. If appointed, he said he would have to step down as deputy revenue director. He added he has enough years to retire.