In addition to an annexation question, voters in Peculiar will see only one contested race on the city ballot Tuesday: the Ward 2 seat on the Board of Aldermen.
Both incumbent Holly Stark and challenger Kimberly Mallinson are concerned with bringing more businesses to Peculiar.
Stark said she wants to create incentives to help that happen. Mallinson said the city needs to make it clear to potential business owners which areas are open for development. She also wants an easier permit process.
Peculiar is divided into three wards with two representatives for each. Veronika Ray is running unopposed in Ward 1, and Robert Fines is unopposed in Ward 3. The other Ward 2 alderman is Donald Turner.
Holly J. Stark
• Age: 42
• Address: 9202 YY Highway
• Occupation: Independent insurance agent
• Education: Graduated from Harrisonville High School
• Public experience: Serving her third term on the Board of Aldermen; currently the mayor pro tem and appointed liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission; formerly a member of the Peculiar Planning and Zoning Commission; represents the Peculiar Chamber of Commerce on the Board of Directors for the Cass County Coalition of Chambers.
• Stances: Her priorities include continuing to support existing businesses while creating incentives to encourage more small business owners to relocate to the city, and finishing the 211th Street interchange project. She said Peculiar's biggest challenge is its old infrastructure: streets, sidewalks, water mains, and sewer systems. The most significant change she'd like made is cleaner green spaces. Wants the city to focus on a campaign to clean up these areas and to create more recreation programs.
• Age: 29
• Address: 10202 E. 219th Terrace
• Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
• Education: Bachelor's in political science
• Public experience: Peculiar Planning and Zoning Commission since August 2012
• Stances: One of her priorities is making it easier for businesses to start up in Peculiar. She said growth is one of the city's biggest challenges and Peculiar needs to attract more businesses and encourage housing development. Wants it to be clear to potential business owners which areas of the city are open for development. Also said there needs to be a clearer process for getting permits.