First-time incumbent Bill VanBuskirk isn't ready to give up his seat, but has opposition from challenger Rita Bennett. The winner will hold the seat for four years.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
VanBuskirk said that while he can't always make everyone happy, he's always made himself available to constituents and views the position as an "every-day" job. Bennett, however, said the biggest complaint she's heard from district residents is that when they bring issues to City Hall, they’re largely ignored.
Both candidates said the city needs to work on keeping up the infrastructure in residential and commercial areas.
Five wards, each with two representatives, make up the city of Raytown. The other fourth ward representative is Pat Ertz.
• Age: 66
• Address: 7705 Raytown Road,
• Occupation: Apartment manager, Raytown Village Apartments
• Education: Graduated from Waynesville Senior High School
• Public experience: Three-year member of the Raytown Tree Board, under the umbrella of the Parks and Recreation Department; volunteer for Reaching for Tomorrow effort
• Website: www.Facebook.com/rita.bennett.397
• Stances: Raytown needs to focus on upgrading existing residential and commercial areas. She's open to looking at a "cost of operating" tax increase to help maintain the quality of city services.
William (Bill) VanBuskirk
• Age: 66
• Address: 7812 Woodson Road
• Occupation: Works part-time at Enterprise Rent-A-Car; formerly in the graphic arts department at Hallmark Card Company; served as a reserve police officer in Raytown
• Education: Graduated from Malta Bend High School
• Public experience: Serving his fourth year as Raytown alderman; member of the Police Pension Review Committee; board president for the Salt Springs Cemetery Association; in his fifth term on the Jackson County Committee representing Brooking Township
• Website: Facebook: Vote Van Buskirk
• Stances: Focused on pursuing grants for projects within the city. He said safety and security will continue to be a priority as will maintaining and improving infrastructure.