North Kansas City Ward 1 Councilman Dave Wood, who has held the seat since his October appointment, is hoping to keep his seat out of the hands of challenger H. J. “Bear” Kistler. Whoever takes the Ward 1 reins at the April 2 election will hold the seat for two years.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Wood said city is “attacking challenging issues all the time” and said he wouldn’t call for any specific changes. His opponent, though, knows what he wants to be different.
Kistler said if he’s elected he wants to reduce the number of closed City Council meeting and do what he can to stop the city from selling North Kansas City Hospital.
Last summer, the city hired an investment bank to check into the possibility of selling the hospital and the hospital filed a lawsuit to stop any potential sale. Earlier this month the hospital board of trustees filed a motion to prevent the city from appointing new hospital board members.
J. “Bear” Kistler
Address: 2117 Gentry St.,
Occupation: Retired, worked as chief of field operations of the North Kansas City Public Works Department. Worked for the city for almost 30 years.
Education: Graduated from Brunswick, Mo., High School; completed technicians training in the U.S. Navy; completed the Mid America Regional Council’s leadership academy.
Public experience: Commissioner for the North Kansas City Special Road District from 2000-2011, board member of the North Kansas City Levee District since 2000.
Website: On Facebook “Bear 4 NKC”
Stances: His priorities are to do what he can to prevent the city from selling North Kansas City Hospital, reduce the number of closed council meetings, promote new business while supporting existing business. He said the dispute over the hospital is the city’s biggest challenge right now. If faced with a budget shortfall, he’d look into cutting programs that cost the most tax dollars.
Address: 2414 Erie St.
Occupation: Automotive consultant with an international company based out of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Education: Graduated from North Kansas City high school.
Public experience: Current Ward 1 councilman. He was appointed in October 2012 when a council member stepped down for health reasons.
Stances: He said his priorities are economic development, stable city services and a stable city government. If faced with a budget shortfall, he’d look to realigning services. He said while the council has made a lot of tough financial decisions in the past two years, the budget is structurally balanced.