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.

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6 comments

  1. D Keith Jordan says:

    If you are so confident in Holland and Alvey’s leadership then why run? Are you board being part of the State Senate that has basically bankrupt Kansas. Just a thought.

    • Janice Witt says:

      LOL…You go gett’em Keith, lol. <3

      Welcome to the race David Haley. We the people are tired of the BS. We have been standing in it long enough. Maybe it doesn't smell so bad from Topeka or wherever you live. But it is pungent in this neck of the woods. I only wish that with your sage wisdom. You would have shown up to save us sooner.

  2. Kim Weaver says:

    This is all that I could ask for, Senator Haley. I have been thoroughly impressed by your work in the KS Senate. You’ve consistently voted with the people of Wyandotte County in mind. We couldn’t ask for a better mayor than you. I’m excited to finally have a candidate that I’m excited about and not just feel like I’m settling. I’ll gladly get the word out to my neighbors that you are willing to be the voice and leader that we need in Wyandotte.

  3. Rodney ellis says:

    Senator you are a great leader and will be a wonderful Mayor!

    Rodney Ellis

  4. Hey! David Haley, you have my resounding endorsement and full support in this race to be Mayor of the Beloved Community in KCK and WYCO!

  5. Eldon Dillingham says:

    I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet and visit with Mr. Haley, on several occasions. He is one of the very few elected officials who will actually take the time to visit and converse with individuals, regardless if they are his constituents or not. Even though I do not reside in Mr. Haley’s area where I could vote for him, I encourage those who can to give him a thumbs up. He’s a really great nice and caring guy…. Wish the Kansas legislature had more like him. He’ll represent Wyandotte County well.

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