This isn’t the first time these two candidates have been trying to fill the same seat. Incumbent Harold Phillips and challenger Harry Lee Boggess met on the ballot for the first time four years during Phillips’ first bid for re-election.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Both men said the city needs to figure out what it’s going to do about its wastewater treatment. Kansas City currently handles all of Liberty’s wastewater treatment and has said sewer sanitation rates will go up in the coming years. If Liberty continues to contract with Kansas City, residents could be paying $114 a month for wastewater treatment by 2025, according to Liberty’s website.
Whoever is elected on April 2 will serve a four-year term.
Address: 233 W. Franklin
Occupation: Coordinator (CEO) of the religious non-profit Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-Heartland.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in U.S. history and political science from Vanderbilt University
Public experience: Completing his second term as Ward 1 councilman; previously member of the Liberty Historic District Review Commission for about 12 years.
Stances: His priorities are attracting a quality residential developer and new businesses to the city, and moving forward with plans for the best wastewater treatment facility the city can get. He’d also like to help older neighborhoods preserve or recapture their appeal and continue with the incremental improvements to Liberty’s downtown.
Harry Lee Boggess
Address: 1901 H Highway
Occupation: Retired/investor; formerly a firefighter/paramedic for the Liberty Fire Department; owned and operated several small businesses; operated Public Water Supply District Number 5 of Clay County from 1982-1986
Education: Graduated from Liberty High School; paramedic licensure.
Public experience: Held a seat on the Liberty School District 53 from 1996-1999.
Stances: His top priorities are fixing Franklin Street from William Jewell College west to Fairview Street. This includes water and sewer storm drainage work along the corridor. He believes the city should explore financing and build its own wastewater treatment facility. He wants to improve customer service at City Hall. He also wants to focus on police, fire and EMS services.