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State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., announced today he will not be a candidate for mayor - CEO of Kansas City, Kan.
“After much consideration and with the unique challenges Kansas faces statewide now, I cannot abandon my commitment to continue representing the people of Wyandotte County at the state level,” Haley said in a statement released today. “I appreciate the encouragement from throughout our county, but am keeping my promise to serve this term as senator and not dilute my legislative service with a vigorous local campaign to succeed Mayor Reardon.
“Although not now a candidate for mayor, my supporters will continue to push for greater inclusion for economic development in all parts of our county – like Indian Springs and Kaw Point and from windfalls like the Legends and the casino – to reduce property taxes and BPU / UG fees which continue to diminish the growth of our middle-income earners.”
Last November in the 2013 general election, Sen. Haley, received the highest statewide margin of victory (80 percent to 20 percent); over every other challenged Democratic candidate in Kansas, his news release stated. Polling data indicated that Haley, after Reardon, holds the highest level of favorable name recognition across Wyandotte County. He has been active in politics at the local and state level since 1992.