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Mike KaneMike Kane at the Armourdale community forum.(Staff photo)
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Jarvis CollierJarvis Collier at the Armourdale candidate forum. (Staff photo)
Following are some questionnaires that have been returned to the Wyandotte Daily News by candidates running for Unified Government Commission, 5th District, in the spring elections.
Unified Government Commissioner, 5th District:
Jarvis Collier, questionnaire not received
Mike Kane, incumbent
1. Name and office sought: Mike Kane, Commissioner District #5
3. Age: 55
4. Occupation: Public Affairs Director for Laborers' 1290
Retired UAW/GM autoworker with 35 years of service
5. Education: High School Diploma from Bishop Ward High School
6. Organizations, clubs, groups to which you belong
Retired United Autoworker Union Local #31
Laborers' 1290 Union
7. Reason for running:
To continue to make Wyandotte County a better place to live, work and raise our children.
I also feel like you should give back to the community when you can.
8. What is your top campaign issue?
Lowering the mill levy (taxes) which will result in lower taxes for our community.
Work to improve downtown KCK.
9. There are many constraints facing local government and schools. If you had to make cuts, what would they be at the top of the list to cut?
It is too early to think that far ahead. We first need to wait and see the outcome of the
state budget/and the effect it will have on our local budget.
10. If you are an incumbent, list the top accomplishments in office. If you are not an incumbent, what would you change?
"Pemberton Place" on 82nd street where the old nursery location was re-purposed to senior living. This was the first project I worked on as a Commissioner.
When I became Commissioner, it had been a long time since a new grocery store
had been built in Wyandotte County. The new Sunfresh at 18th/I70. Happy Foods on
55th and Leavenworth road. The new Walmart at 110th street. Price Chopper on 78th and state will be rebuilt soon.
11. What is the difference, on issues, between you and the other candidates running for office?
I have not met him. [Questionnaire was returned before candidate forums.] So I do not know his views. I look forward to meeting him and discussing our views for the future of Wyandotte County.
12. Have you run for office previously? When, results?
I was a candidate in 2005 and was a successful candidate in the general election.
I was re-elected in 2009. I am seeking my third term.
A news release was received from the Jarvis Collier campaign:
Candidate offers new opportunity for leadership
Jarvis Collier, a candidate for the Unified Commission, Fifth District in Kansas City, Kan., says he offers a fresh approach to leadership.
The Fifth District includes most of Northwestern Wyandotte County.
“We continue to see excellent development in the Village West Area,” Collier said. “It will be most important to maintain that momentum during the next four years.”
Property taxpayers need relief according to Collier. He favors using the windfall of sales tax that will be available when bonds are paid off for Village West in 2016 to lower real property taxes.
“It will be important for this community to continue with its ‘smart growth’ that produces quality commercial and residential development,” he said. “More equitable property taxes will encourage more quality commercial and residential development.”
Collier said he supports open government and favors the televising of Unified Commission meetings. He also said it will be important to take full advantage of the high-speed Internet service that will come with the installation of Google service.
Collier also said attention needs to be paid to the more mature suburban areas of the district, particularly along State Avenue.
Collier is the pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angles and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
He was the developer of a 43-unit housing project in the former Northeast Junior High School. He served as the chairman of the Board of the United Way of Wyandotte County.