Alvey pledges to address community problems

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

by Mary Rupert

The new mayor and chief executive officer of Kansas City, Kansas, David Alvey, said on Tuesday night that he will address community problems.

Alvey was elected Tuesday with 51.8 percent of the vote to incumbent Mayor Mark Holland’s 47.4 percent.

Alvey, who had a lot of support from public safety workers here, including firefighters, said the first thing he will do is get a much closer read on the problems facing Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County.

“I will take an honest look at the problems, and I will not try to sugar-coat anything,” Alvey said.

“For instance, I want to dig more deeply into the $500 million in deferred maintenance and just see what that means for us financially, and how do we tackle that problem,” Alvey said. “That just seems to me to be an outstanding issue.

“I also want to take a deeper look into the kinds of development deals we do as a city,” Alvey said.

He said he is holding out hope that as new developments come into play, the Unified Government could generate more revenues from them sooner.

“We need to broaden the tax base,” he said. While development is great, if the UG is deferring revenues for too long a period of time, the UG won’t be able to address the real needs of the city, which are infrastructure and taxes, he said.

Themes that Alvey talked about during the campaign included lower property taxes, no bailouts for the T-Bones baseball club, UG spending for the mayor’s bodyguard, and development in other areas of the community, not just the west side (see

During the past election campaign, there may have been a disconnect between what local leaders were saying and what people in the community were feeling.

When asked his opinion on why he won, Alvey said, “I think because the story that has been told from some for a long period is when consolidation happened, it solved all our problems, and clearly, it has not. We can’t simply wave consolidation around as a magic wand to make people feel good.”

Juliana Alvey, who worked on the campaign, said the win came about because of hard work, going door-to-door in the community and talking to people.

Firefighters took an active role in the campaign, carrying signs in support of Alvey.

There was a 23.7 percent turnout in the election, which is slightly higher than what was expected.

David Alvey is a Turner area resident who has served several years on the Board of Public Utilities. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission in the past. He has a degree from St. Louis University and has done graduate-level work. He and his wife have five children. His family includes a grandfather who served in local public office.

Alvey said he plans to be a full-time mayor, and will resign from his job as assistant principal for faculty formation at Rockhurst High School in January, effective on the day he will start his term as mayor.

While there may not be immediate changes planned for the Fire Department, Alvey said based on the fire services organization study, Kansas City, Kansas, needs to expand its fire protection. Kansas City, Kansas, also should provide more police protection for safer neighborhoods, he said.

“Those are very difficult problems and expensive problems, so we have to come up with a strategy for addressing those needs,” he said. “We should always be striving for an improvement in service.”

The hard part, he added, is how you do that — at the same time meeting the needs of the community and reducing the tax burden.

“It comes down to expanding the tax base,” he said.

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Final unofficial results for general election

General election final, unofficial results
Wyandotte County
With all precincts reporting
With 18,477 votes cast
23.7 percent voter turnout
Registered voters 77,671

Mayor – CEO
David Alvey 9,484
Mark R. Holland, incumbent 8,672
Write-in 138

2nd District at large, Unified Government Commissioner
Tom Burroughs 9,535
John “J.D.” Rios 7,158
Write-in 74

1st District, Unified Government Commissioner
Victor A. Harris 650
Gayle E. Townsend, incumbent 1,192
Write-in 9

5th District, Unified Government Commissioner
Mike Kane, incumbent 3,282
Sarah Kremer 1,754
Write-in 14

7th District, Unified Government Commissioner
George Cooper 1,078
Jim Walters, incumbent 1,468
Write-in 13

8th District, Unified Government Commissioner
Kendon McClaine 918
Jane W. Philbrook, incumbent 1,340
Write-in 11

Donald Ash, incumbent 11,403
Celisha Towers 6,337
Write-in 38

BPU, at large Position 1
Mary Gonzales, incumbent 9,455
Bryan Messmer 5,930
Write-in 55

BPU, at large Position 2
Ryan Eidson 8,749
John C. Martindale 5,163
Write-in 91

BPU, 2nd District
Thomas W. Groneman 5,451
Write-in 99

Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees
3 advance
Evelyn Criswell 6,419
Thomas G. Earp 4,290
Colton J. Gibson 3,136
Janice L. McIntyre 6,882
Leslie Smith 4,353
Linda Hoskins Sutton 6,161
Christal Watson 5,622
Write-in 123

Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees
Unexpired term, 2 advance
Rosalyn K. Brown 11,325
Tyrone Garner 8,882
Write-in 150

Kansas City, Kansas, Unified School District No. 500
3 advance
Irene Caudillo 3,667
Maxine Drew 4,582
Wanda Brownlee Paige 4,212
Joseph A. Straws III 3,033
Stacy Yeager 4,939
Maria Cecilia Ysaac 2,637
Write-in 66

Kansas City, Kansas, Unified School District No. 500
2 advance
Rick Behrens 3,529
Harold Brown 4,175
Janey Humphries 4,437
Korri Hall Thompson 3,772
Write-in 56

Turner Unified School District No. 202
3 advance
Joy D. Beery 1100
Jeff Davidson 854
Steve Russell 959
Daniel Soptic 833
Write-in 22

Piper Unified School District No. 203
3 advance
John Bakarich III 1,634
Benjamin J. Bradley 1,204
Desiree Fergus 1,521
Theresa Fisette 1,433
Jesse Smith 838
Write-in 24

Bonner Springs Unified School District No. 204
3 advance
Kimberly Beets 1,104
John H. Claxton 855
Jeff Tinberg 1,026
David J. Toland 1,009
Write-in 17

Bonner Springs City Council, Ward I
Jordan M. Mackey 131
Patricia E. Welicky 117
Write-in 0

Bonner Springs City Council, Ward II
Tom Stephens 175
Write-in 1

Bonner Springs City Council, Ward III
Rodger Shannon 224
Write-in 8

Bonner Springs City Council, Ward IV
Joe Peterson 265
Write-in 12

Edwardsville Mayor
John “Tiny” McTaggart 414
Write-in 43

Edwardsville City Council, at large
2 advance
Carolyn Caiharr 292
Jason T. Gillam 266
Margaret Shriver 313
Write-in 5

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)