Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Basehor voters to select two council members

March 31, 2005

Only half of the candidates running for Basehor City Council appeared at a candidate forum Tuesday night. Candidates David Povilonis and Bob Moore, who finished first and fourth, respectively in the March primary election, could not attend the forum for family reasons.

The candidates who did attend -- incumbent Keith Sifford and local resident Terry Thomas -- did their best to sway voters in the absence of some of their competitors.

"I care about the community," Thomas said. "I know what a good community looks like. It's why we built a house here in Basehor -- it's a good community."

"I'm sure everybody cares, but I feel like this is my city; my friends and family are here," Sifford said. "I think I can deliver what's best for Basehor given the opportunity."

One topic of conversation Wednesday was economic development. Both candidates said attracting new businesses was a top priority.

"A key for the revenue stream is attracting more businesses," Thomas said. "You can't let the rooftops pay for everything."

"Enticing new commercial is very important," said Sifford, who added that he favors improving a basic incentive package the city offers to businesses considering Basehor as a location.

The candidates were also asked whether they support a current process being undertaken by city officials to overhaul the city's outdated comprehensive plan. Both said they were behind the comprehensive plan revisions and would implement policies according to it.

Candidates at a glance:

  • David Povilonis, 38, a manufacturing engineer, member of the Board of Directors for Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1 and president of the Iron Creek Homes Association.
  • Terry Thomas, 49, a senior program manager and Basehor resident for 2 1/2 years. He has no elected official experience.
  • Keith Sifford, a videographer at General Motors Fairfax in Kansas City, Kan., and incumbent City Council member.
  • Bob Moore, a retired Basehor resident. Moore has no experience as an elected official.

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