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Mayoral candidate profiles

February 21, 2013

Fred Box

Age: 70

Background: Married to Lisa Box, has six children, spent entire life in Basehor outside of 20 years in military

Occupation: Retired from Army

Experience/skills: Attended Kansas City Kansas Community College, served on city council for one year before resigning in 2012, commander of Basehor VFW for 7 years, former district VFW commander, former deacon at First Baptist Church, board of directors for Basehor Historical Society, staff sergeant in Army, earned Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

Why are you running for mayor?

“There are so many here in Basehor that seem to want this city to grow faster than it needs to grow,” Box said. “If they want a big city then why don’t they move back to the big city?”

Reducing rates for sewer and trash pick-up is also a priority for Box, as he thinks it’s too big a financial burden for seniors in the community who live on a fixed income.

Box wants to be prepared for growth he said, but he doesn’t want to push it.

“Basehor’s going to grow whether we like it or not, but I want to keep Basehor a little city in the country,” he said.

Where would you like to see the city of Basehor in 10 years?

I believe when Cerner gets online and our economy comes back some you will see a big jump in new housing construction and businesses in Basehor. I would also like to see downtown Basehor grow.

What’s the first thing you’ll do if elected mayor?

The first thing I would do as mayor is to start the search for a city administrator.

Why should residents vote for you?

I believe all people in Basehor should be treated equal. I believe in keeping people informed on what’s going on, and I really care about Basehor and its people. I want what’s best for them.

David K. Breuer

Age: 61

Background: Married to Cheryl Breuer, four children, has spent entire life in Basehor

Occupation: Started K.C. Construction in Basehor, has run it for 36 years

Experience/skills: Attended Coffeyville Community College for one year, City Council member for three years before being appointed mayor nine months ago, Basehor-Linwood School Board member for eight years, co-chair of Common Ground Alliance safety group, on board of directors for Union 1290, former Basehor Lion’s Club president.

Why are you running for mayor?

“I just believe we’ve got a good board and I like to be a part of the planning and growth of community,” Breuer said. “The last nine months we’ve got a lot of things done, and I believe the city is moving forward and I’d like to keep it moving forward in the direction it’s going.”

Breuer said he thinks the city has been working toward positive goals.

“I’ve been running the city like a business and making everybody accountable for their funds, their budgets,” he said. “I want voters to know I want for the greater good of the whole community.”

Where would you like to see the city of Basehor in 10 years?

We are currently in the process of evaluating our comprehensive plan which addresses our community’s vision and planning goals to determine what kind of community Basehor wants to be in the future. I would like to continue focusing on the corridor activity to include bringing a grocery store, restaurants and a variety of shops to our community.

I would like to see the city look closely at improving our sidewalks and possibly creating safe walking and bike paths for our citizens and their families. I would like to see a community center that could be used throughout the year by our youth, adults and seniors. I would like to see the city stay financially strong and maintain its reputable AA- rating which will promote continued growth and development for our city.

What’s the first thing you’ll do if elected mayor?

As we prepare for the 2014 budget I would continue to work with Leavenworth County on having an EMS facility located in Basehor to provide improved and necessary medical services for our citizens.

Why should residents vote for you?

Residents should vote for me because during the last nine months I brought a level of serenity to the City Council and united the group for the betterment of our city. I was involved in the refinancing of several bond issues for which we received a AA- rating saving the city approximately $1 million dollars.

Due to the strong financial stability of the city I was able to help lower the mill levy for the second year in a row. I supported having staff evaluate and analyze our road improvement program and through this process we were able to go from resurfacing one mile of roadway per year to approximately seven miles of roadway per year. After the City acquired the Field of Dreams Sports Complex, I fully supported the rebate program for our residents with hopes of encouraging our children to be active and involved.

I was involved in bringing Orscheln Farm and Home and Dollar General to our community and I will continue to work diligently on bringing other businesses to our community as well. I have owned and operated my own business for more than 35 years and truly understand how budgets work and the importance of working as a team.

Scott Kendrick

Age: 41

Background: Married to Jody Kendrick, three children in Basehor and Bonner Springs schools, born and raised in Basehor

Occupation: Traveling car inspector for Union Pacific Railroad

Experience/skills: Sergeant in Marine Corps, served in First Gulf War, served as Alexandria Township fire chief for six years

Why are you running for mayor?

“I want to bring more business to this city to lower the tax base on the citizens. I want a quiet four years. I’ll bring stability and communication amongst the residents and City Council.”

Where would you like to see the city of Basehor in 10 years?

I would like to see the population doubled, be able to offer the services the citizens need and want, have the city in a better financial state i.e. a surplus.

What’s the first thing you’ll do if elected mayor?

The first thing is to get a proven administrator, one with a track record of bringing business to town.

Why should residents vote for you?

I believe I have the leadership abilities to lead this city into the future with the cooperation of the council and the township, school and library boards, planning commission and the residents of Basehor to bring more business, more jobs and more money to Basehor to help reduce the tax burden on the people of Basehor. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I believe I can do this. But to do this, people have to get out and vote, hopefully for me.

Alan Townsend

Age: 70

Background: Married to Marilyn Townsend, one child, moved to Basehor four years ago from Alaska

Occupation: Retired, formerly biologist and peace officer

Experience/skills: Attended Kansas State University, pursued graduate studies, sergeant in Army, worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Why are you running for mayor? “I just really wanted to stir the pot and see where our money goes.”

Where would you like to see the city of Basehor in 10 years?

My wife and I chose Basehor because it was a small community. I would not like it to become a large city. There are many large cities surrounding the area. A town of no more than 7,500 would be my preference. Our town should not outgrow its ability to accommodate the growth, i. e. schools, services and infrastructure.

What’s the first thing you’ll do if elected mayor?

I would establish a citizen’s advisory group that meets to give ideas to the City Council for action. More people should be involved in the process. Anything that has to do with the expenditure of taxpayer dollars should be open for public perusal. I do not have an agenda, nor do I think I should set an agenda only to be rubberstamped by the council.

Why should residents vote for you?

First of all, I am not a politician. As I said before, I have no hidden agenda. I would be a good steward of the taxpayer’s hard-earned money. For a town of less than 5,000, we should not have the debt that we have. A good credit rating gives a person or entity the ability to borrow money but does not mean they should keep borrowing. I believe in paying off debts, not accumulating more. In addition to the aforementioned, I am honest, I listen to both sides before making decisions, I am not easily angered, and I believe the city government should work toward the good of all residents. Lastly, I believe in accountability both for myself and those who work for the citizens of Basehor. My door will always be open.

Comments

Mr_CorruptionMonkey 1 year, 5 months ago

No one posted who they were related to and if any potential conflicts of interest exist.

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ClarkKent 1 year, 5 months ago

The only conflict of interest that exists is evidently in your mind. Mr. Breuer has brought calm back to the city and I see only good things happening under the leadership of him and this Council. Let's keep moving forward!

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Mr_CorruptionMonkey 1 year, 5 months ago

LOL. I didnt say anything about anyone. It's called being professional and transparent. I DO NOT care who these people are, as long as they are not out for their own wealth and status. Besides, I only take advice based on credentials, if you lack them, keep moving. Attending a "community college" is not the same as GRADUATING from a College or University. Little things like Planning, Contracting, Accounting, Economics (micro/macro), Forming rational thought, Excel spreadsheets, Budgets, Allocation, Grant writing, Ethics, Government, reading comprehension, Science, Chemistry, Health Care etc? Those are a few things you may need to know in order to survive and prosper.

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johninbasehor 1 year, 4 months ago

March 1

I see where the city's insurance carrier took an 18% increase in the city's liability premium for the coming year. I have to wonder how much of that increase can directly be attributed to Fred Box voting to terminate the former city manager causing the city's insurance company to pay off a $200,000 wrongful termination lawsuit because Box disregarded the advice of the city attorney against that termination.

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