On Tuesday, incumbent Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis will face two challengers: City Councilman Leonard Jones and former Grandview Mayor Jan Martinette.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
All three are focused on building up Grandview’s neighborhoods, and they discussed ways to bolster neighborhood associations. Dennis said he would work with residents to build a larger neighborhood association network.
Jones said he’d meet with existing neighborhood associations to gather input for improvement.
Martinette said neighborhood improvement is the biggest necessary change, and the city needs to offer more assistance. She suggested a brochure with a compiled list of residential resources.
• Age: 49
• Address: 12821 Manchester
• Occupation: Executive director of the community service organization Matters of the Heart; chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy
• Education: Bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Arkansas
• Public experience: Serving second year as elected mayor; also served as acting mayor when the then-current mayor was ill
• Stances: Wants to continue work work on the Truman Corners Shopping District and the Main Street Corridor redevelopment projects. He is pushing for the Missouri 150 Corridor to follow suit. He said Grandview’s biggest challenge is its reputation. He pointed to a lower crime rate, and the city being “on the verge” of new development and financial growth.
Leonard D. Jones Jr.
• Age: 57
• Address: 12801 Palmer Ave.
• Occupation: Sourcing manager at Sprint
• Education: Master’s in business administration from Webster University; bachelor’s in computer science from Grambling State University
• Public experience: Elected Grandview alderman seven times since April 1998; executive committee for the High Grove Estates Neighborhood Association in 1996
• Stances: His top priorities are the redevelopment project at Truman Corners, development along Missouri 150, and attracting another grocery store to Grandview. The city’s biggest challenge is its lack of retail shops. He would encourage the economic development staff to focus on meeting with developers to bring more stores to the city.
• Age: 74
• Address: 6601 E. 129th St.
• Occupation: Formerly an elementary school teacher and the director of South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
• Education: Bachelor’s in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia
• Public experience: Three terms in Missouri House, starting in 1985; elected mayor of Grandview in 1981 and 1983; elected as alderman in 1979; Ozanam Board of Directors for 12 years
• Stances: One priority is creating a path toward city assistance for improving neighborhoods in order to encourage prospective home buyers and retail to move in. She also wants to work with the National Park Service on a major enhancement of the Harry S Truman Farm Home, ultimately keeping it open year-round as a tourist attraction. Would work on a smooth and improved transition of development along I-49 and Missouri 150.