KCK Mayoral Candidate Wit | KCK Mayoral Candidate Steineger | Zoo CEO Retiring
Ahead of the August 3 primary elections, mayoral candidates for Kansas City, Kansas share why they are suited for the office, and long-time CEO of the Kansas City Zoo steps into a new role.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Janice Witt was not shy in her criticism of incumbent CEO/Mayor David Alvey.
Citing a failure to properly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Witt alleges that the incumbent mayor's policies do not reflect the needs of the community. Witt also echoed calls for reform of the Kansas City, KS police department and questions over its ability to investigate itself for wrongdoing. When asked about Roger Golubski and the police department's response, Witt said "anyone who has allowed a crime to happen needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
- Janice Witt, candidate for CEO/Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
Segment 2, beginning at 14:00: Former state senator Chris Steineger wants to see utility costs lowered for Kansas City, KS residents.
Property taxes and utility bills are sources of overspending within the county according to Steineger. Of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and the Board of Public Utilities, Steineger says there is "a long sad history of nepotism... that has controlled Wyandotte County local government for as long as I can remember." With his experience in the state senate, he believes he is the right candidate to stop overspending for the county's residents.
- Chris Steineger, candidate for CEO/Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
Segment 3, beginning at 26:55: During his tenure CEO Randy Wisthoff has overseen critical changes at the Kansas City Zoo.
Wisthoff's current role will run until the end of this year when he will transition to a part-time gig as the executive director of the Kansas City Zoo Foundation. Noting his age, he explains the complexities of managing a zoo run deep, needing "every bit of energy every day."
- Randy Wisthoff, chief executive officer, Kansas City Zoo