Archive for Thursday, February 10, 2005

Council candidate wants to bring city together

February 10, 2005

For David Povilonis, a candidate for Basehor City Council, the upcoming election and his latest bid as an elected official is about bringing the community together around common good causes.

"If the community works together -- you can get a lot more accomplished," Povilonis said.

Povilonis, 38, has lived in Basehor for nearly four years. He is a managing engineer with Interconnect Devices in Kansas City, Kan. He is also a member of the Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1 board of directors and president of the Iron Creek subdivision homeowners association.

Povilonis ran for City Council in 2003. His bid fell short, in part, he said, because he was a new resident and didn't get his name out in front of enough voters. It was a mistake he doesn't intend to make the second time around because he plans to be much more visible in this current campaign, he said.

Part of the message he'll put before voters is bringing the community together in all facets. Acquiring things for the city such as a community center and a revitalized downtown district, two priorities for the candidate, can be accomplished more easily with officials pulling in the same direction, Povilonis said.

"We're all one big family, basically," he said. "I think we can accomplish a lot more work if we're all on the same page."

Povilonis said he decided to run again because he believes this election -- with two council seats and the mayoral position up for grabs -- can help usher in change for the city and community.

"I'm kind of excited because we're going to get a new mayor this time around, a mayor that will work with the community as a whole," he said.

"A new mayor, a proactive mayor, will have his own agenda and can help get things started on things the city has been lacking," he said.

Povilonis will attend a "Meet the Candidates" forum Feb. 22.

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