Legislator bidding for top UG job
Rep. Rick Rehorn, D-Kansas City, Kan., announced this week he would like to be the first person not named Carol Marinovich to head up the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.
Rehorn filed for the UG's mayor/CEO position Aug. 23, exactly one week after UG Mayor/CEO Marinovich announced she will step out of the political circle next year. Rehorn said he filed early in order to run a "full-blown" campaign that will reach voters throughout the entire county.
Rehorn, a Democrat who will complete his third term representing the 32nd District in Kansas this year, said building upon growth that the county is experiencing and lowering taxes will be priorities.
"I think the No. 1 priority of the next mayor must be lowering the property taxes," he said. "I am afraid the property tax burden will stifle the development we have experienced."
Rehorn said the key to lowering those taxes will be expanding both the commercial and residential tax bases. Rehorn said he will also work to ensure that portions of the county levy will be lowered so Bonner Springs and Edwardsville will feel relief.
"I appreciate that what is good for Bonner Springs is good for the county," he said.
As a member of the Kansas House, Rehorn is a ranking minority member of the Federal and State Affairs Committee and is a member of the Commerce and Labor and the Judiciary committees.
He has been recognized for his dedication to issues that affect senior citizens.
Rehorn is the first person to throw his hat in the ring for the vacancy.
The filing deadline is noon Jan. 25, 2005, and the primary, if needed, will be March 1.
The general election is April.