Cunningham to focus on managing city’s growth
Basehor mayoral candidate Randy Cunningham will base his platform around managing the growth that he said the city will undoubtedly experience.
"The new track presents a great opportunity for us here in Basehor," he said. "We are going to be experiencing more growth, and there is nothing we can do to stop it. I think as mayor, it would be part of my job to enhance that growth and try to bring businesses here so we can keep Basehor dollars in Basehor."
Cunningham owns Basehor Re/Max All-American Real Estate and has lived in the city for six years. He said that he would like to see Basehor offer more services to its citizens.
"I want to see more businesses here for our residents. I want folks to be able to get dry cleaning done here," he said. "If someone wants to rent a video, why should they have to drive 12 miles to do it? We are constantly taking our hard-earned money to another city to spend, when we could be spending it here."
Cunningham doesn't stop there. He also would like to see more recreation facilities for Basehor, including a swimming pool, and basketball and tennis courts.
While Cunningham is originally from Fredonia, a small town in southeast Kansas, he considers Basehor his home.
"Basehor is my town now. I was born and raised somewhere else but this is my home," he said. "This is where my kids go to school and I am just as proud of Basehor as I am Fredonia."
Cunningham said if he does win the election, his first order of business will be to hire a city manager.
"We need to research the possibility of hiring a city manager. A good city manager will pay their own salary in government funds," Cunningham said. "We dabble in things that need full-time management. Up to this point we have had mayors and city councilmen that have done a terrific job, but as we advance we need a professional to help us out."
Cunningham said the current city council has done an excellent job, and he looks forward to working with them.
"The city council has done what I think is a pretty good job. As far as I can see, they are all sound-minded citizens who care a great deal about Basehor," Cunningham said. "I think together we can move forward and work together very well. Everyone of them seems to have a lot of integrity."
Cunningham said he believes he will do well as mayor.
"I think I am the best choice because I have the ability to be a visionary and see Basehor in 10 years. I have the ability to see this community become something much better," he said. "Not that other people don't, but I don't give up very easily and I am a relentless kind of person."