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Candidates profiled by the Kansas City Star on key issues
July 28, 2018
Here's what the 3 Prairie Village Mayoral Candidates have to say on teardowns, taxes.
"Political background, electoral history: Elected to City Council since 2004. Continuous service on city council for three terms, currently serving fourth term.
Endorsements: Did not seek.
Position on proposed neighborhood design standards: I supported and voted for the Phase 1 Design standards. There is a need to investigate further standards. As a council member, I am fully engaged in Phase 2 discussions, learning from citizens and the planning and design professionals and will encourage deliberate steps to complete the process.
Position on property assessment increases and taxes: The increased value that is represented by the higher appraisals is not all good news. It can have a negative impact for residents on fixed incomes, but the burden of the tax lid imposed upon us by Topeka makes it very risky to make the city, recipient of just 16 cents of every property tax dollar, the first source of relief.
Key priorities: Calibration of neighborhood character and livability with housing renovation and renewal. Sensible stewardship of the City budget. Require funding proposals with new programs. Setting success-measurement criteria. Responsibly enhancing the Prairie Village lifestyle. Pursue investments in services and amenities."
Entering the Mayoral Race by Citizen Petition
May 31, 2018
Councilman Andrew Wang files for Prairie Village mayor, expanding field of candidates to 3
"Andrew Wang, who has represented Ward 3 on the city council since 2004, announced this week that he had filed by petition for the top elected position in the city [...]
Wang, who is the practice administrator at the Kansas City Eye Clinic in Overland Park professionally, said he was driven to enter the race after considering the issues facing PV. He said he’s committed to a focused approach to city government where the council and mayor make maintenance and preservation of city infrastructure and services a top priority.
'There have been times when we have taken paths as a government where we weren’t looking at maintaining or improving our parks, streets or infrastructure,' he said. 'To me the job of mayor is a very nuts-and-bolts job. What are the services we’re supposed to be providing, and what’s the most efficient way to do that?'
Wang said that in speaking with residents as he collected petition signatures, he heard about the desire to preserve the character of the city. He said it’s important to continue to attract people to the city with great schools so they’ll become long-term residents and raise their families there.
'I think Prairie Village needs a mayor who understands what has always made our city unique and attractive across its history, but also will be focused on resolving the struggle between what we have to keep and what is our character, and what needs to be considered for change and updating,' he said.
Wang grew up in Prairie Village, attending Briarwood and Curé of Ars, before heading to college at Northwestern University. Outside of college and two years he and his wife spent living in northeast Kansas City, he’s lived in Prairie Village his whole life."
--Jay Senter, Shawnee Mission Post.
Early Voting Begins in Johnson County
July 25, 2018
Featured Supporter: Jim Cramer
Mr. Cramer is a fellow St. Ann parishioner and the best football coach Andrew's son, Ben, ever had. Thanks for everything, Jim!
"Politics" Expend Council Resources
June 20, 2018
Prairie Village advances UN-backed effort to combat bias against women, though some on council object
--Jay Senter, Shawnee Mission Post.
Over the last few weeks, many Prairie Villagers, who beilieve in gender equality, as I do, expressed their disappointment over the action of the city council to create a CEDAW Resolution. I and two other council members voted against the measure.
The genesis of the discussion was not about fighting discrimination, it was about using the Prairie Village government to make a political statement.
I believe that equal opportunity, equal protection and equal pay are not only critical to Prairie Village, but also critical to a modern society. I voted against the CEDAW measure because voting in favor was, itself, an act of discrimination. Please call, email, or read my full response in the comments of the Shawnee MIssion Post article or the Kansas City Star article. You'll agree that the reporting did not tell the entire story.