Alvey wins KCK mayor’s race

David Alvey, a candidate for mayor, tonight at his campaign watch party at the FOP Lodge at 7846 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Story by Mary Rupert and William Crum

David Alvey won the mayor’s race tonight, according to final unofficial results.

Alvey had 51.8 percent of the vote to incumbent Mayor Mark Holland’s 47.4 percent, according to statistics from the Wyandotte County Election Office.

Alvey had 9,484 votes to Holland’s 8,672 votes. There were 138 write-in votes.

Juliana Alvey, who worked on the campaign, said, “It all came down to hard work. It came down to knowing what the citizens of Wyandotte County need.”

She said Alvey and his supporters walked door to door, people heard them and voted.

Alvey will be honest and upfront about the community’s problems and work with the people, she said.

“When one door closes, another one will open,” Mayor Mark Holland told supporters at his campaign watch party tonight. “I will do everything to help the new mayor with the transition.

“As of now I do not have any more political aspirations, however, who knows what the future will bring,” Holland said.

About 250 people were at the Holland campaign watch party tonight at the Tapatio Mexican Grill, 151 S 18th St.

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Juliana Alvey, left, worked on her father’s campaign for mayor. She was at the campaign watch party tonight at the FOP Lodge. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Members of Local 64, International Association of Firefighters, held campaign signs for David Alvey and Tom Burroughs on Nov. 7 at 103rd and Leavenworth Road, a few blocks north of a polling place. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Mayor Mark Holland’ at the start of his election watch party on Tuesday night at the Tapatio Mexican Grill, 151 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)