Haley files for mayor

Sen. David Haley

State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., has filed for mayor-CEO of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County.

Sen. Haley said he made the decision to file after considered evaluation. His over-arching concern in running for mayor is to “lift the county as we grow,” he said.

He said his second concern is greater transparency and accountability for the local government, not only the Unified Government but also the Board of Public Utilities.

He said he favors growth in the entire county, not just one part of it.

Sen. Haley ran for mayor previously, around 20 years ago, making it past the primary. Carol Marinovich was elected mayor in the general election that year.

“I am very confident in the leadership of Mark Holland, in the leadership of David Alvey, to represent our county well,” Sen. Haley said about two others of the five running for mayor. “However, I want to be the translation to the majority of Wyandotte Countians who don’t quite understand why we are not seeing growth and opportunity in other villages in our county, besides Village West.”

Sen. Haley has served 23 years in the Kansas Legislature, including six in the House and 17 in the Senate, where he is currently the only senator who is an attorney. He has had several bills passed in the Senate. The Legislature is still in session currently. If elected mayor, Haley said he would step down from the Senate.

“When elected mayor, I will immediately look to find a committed replacement to the Senate seat,” he said, and added he would not leave the seat vacant but would work to ensure continuity in representation.

Sen. Haley said one of his issues would be the enhancement of Wyandotte County’s image. He is in favor of using some of the windfall revenues from the Village West area to grow the entire county, he said. He also would favor a gradual facelift for the downtown area as well as other areas, particularly eastern and southern accesses in and out of the county, he said.

Sen. Haley said there is now a brief window of opportunity to make an aggressive use of the windfall revenues to return revenue to the county. He discussed helping small businesses, and said he would be supportive of offering incentives to some local small businesses.

If elected, he said he would work with the tools that already exist to take abandoned properties and put them in responsible parties’ hands, working with the property owners to acquire those properties. He said there were some strong and good initiatives started in this administration and former administrations that need to be continued and built upon.

“I’ve really, truly loved this county and its diversity,” Sen. Haley said. “I believe in Wyandotte County’s vote.”

Haley, a native of Wyandotte County, has a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and a law degree from Howard University Law School. He worked as an assistant district attorney in Wyandotte County before he began his political career. His father, the late George Haley, is a former state senator and former assistant city attorney, who later served as a U.S. ambassador. His mother taught English and drama at Sumner High School and Northeast Junior High School.

Candidates who have filed for mayor, besides Haley, include incumbent Mayor Mark Holland, David Alvey, D. Keith Jordan and Janice Witt. The filing deadline is noon Thursday, June 1.

Job fair attracts applicants for new Amazon facility in KCK

William Miller went to the Amazon job fair today at Caruthers Elementary School, 1100 Waverly. He said he currently has a part-time job, and he was seeking a full-time job in addition. (Staff photo)

The first of eight Amazon facility job fairs was held today at the Caruthers Elementary School, 1100 Waverly, Kansas City, Kansas.

The job fair continues until 5 p.m. today at Caruthers School, and then the location of the job fair will change to Mark Twain Elementary School, 2300 Minnesota Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

The new 850,000-square-foot fulfillment facility is located on the Turner Diagonal near 65th and Riverview in Kansas City, Kansas. Amazon warehouse jobs will start at $12 an hour, according to a job fair flier.

About 100 job-seekers were at the job fair this morning, said Ravyn Teeters, who was staffing a booth at the job fair for Workforce Development.

Applicants filled out applications on computers at the job fair, and booths from Workforce Development and Kansas City Kansas Community College were present to give information about resources such as GEDs and education to the job applicants.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. There are full-time jobs available, at about $12 an hour, with benefits, according to a job flier.

The next job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Mark Twain Elementary School, 2300 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Other Amazon job fairs are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these days:
• Wednesday, June 7, at McKinley Elementary School, 1301 Armstrong Ave.;
• Thursday, June 8, at Frank Rushton Elementary School, 2605 W. 43rd Ave.;
• Wednesday, June 14, at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Center, 6565 State Ave.;
• Thursday, June 15, at Turner Recreation Commission, 831 S. 55th St.;
• Wednesday, June 21, at Edwardsville Community Center, 696 S. 3rd St., Edwardsville;
• Thursday, June 22, at White Church Elementary School, 2226 N. 85th St.

The locations of the job fairs are subject to change.

For more information, visit amazondelivers.jobs.

Ravyn Teeters was staffing a booth at the job fair for Workforce Development today at Caruthers Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Eight Sporting KC players on fan ballot for MLS All-Star game

Major League Soccer unveiled the fan ballot for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game, which features eight representatives from all 22 teams as nominated by media.

The Sporting Kansas City players eligible for fan voting:
• Goalkeeper: Tim Melia
• Defenders (3): Matt Besler, Ike Opara, Graham Zusi
• Midfielders (2): Roger Espinoza, Benny Feilhaber
• Forwards (2): Dom Dwyer, Gerso
Fan voting for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI is now available through the free MLS app and the EA SPORT “”More Than a Vote” Challenge. Fans can continue to vote their favorite players to the Fan XI via the online ballot at SportingKC.com/vote starting this Saturday at 9 a.m.

Fan voting will run until June 30. Ten players – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards – with the highest combined votes will be named to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game.

In addition, the 11th player on the Fan XI will be determined by the EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote” Challenge. Fans can vote one forward into the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 17 on Xbox One, PlayStation4, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system through June 30. The forward with the most votes – one goal equals one vote – on June 30 will occupy the final forward spot on the 2017 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI.

The MLS All-Stars will face Spanish La Liga champion and UEFA Champions League finalist Real Madrid at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 2 in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. The summer showcase will kick off at 8 p.m. on FS1 and UniMás.

The 24 players named 2017 MLS All-Stars include the Fan XI, 11 additional players selected by MLS All-Stars head coach Veljko Paunovic of the Chicago Fire, and two selections from MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia has starred between the posts through 14 games, leading MLS with seven shutouts and a 78.2 save percentage while ranking second in goals against average (0.71) and third in saves (43). Center backs Matt Besler and Ike Opara have allowed just six goals in the 12 matches they have started together, while Graham Zusi ranks second in MLS with 23 chances created from open play at the right back position.

Midfielder Benny Feilhaber leads the above-mentioned category with 24 chances created from open play, recording two goals and three assists this season. Fellow midfielder Roger Espinoza, meanwhile, has started all 14 games for the Western Conference leaders.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Gerso are tied for the team lead with five goals apiece. Dwyer scored his five goals during a five-game stretch from April 9-May 3 before Gerso bagged the seventh MLS hat-trick in club history on May 17 when he scored three second-half goals in a 3-0 win over defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC. The 26-year-old Designated Player is second in MLS with 31 dribbles completed and tied for second with 81 touches in the opponent’s box.

– Story from Sporting KC