Grandview’s Ward 3 Councilman, John Maloney, and challenger Cornelius Blow have something in common — both are concerned about development in their city.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Major development opportunities are available in this ward, as the Missouri 150 corridor runs through it.
Maloney called this section of the city the “last frontier,” because it will require new development. He said the city needs to maximize the available space —a few miles — for long-term use.
Blow said he would be “very aggressive” when it comes to persuading companies to relocate to Grandview
Ward 3 also represented by Councilman James N. Crain.
John T. Maloney
• Age: 27
• Address: 15324 White Ave.
• Occupation: Workforce developer in the TurnAround Program at Catholic Charities of Kansas City
• Education: Bachelor’s in business administration from the College of the Ozarks
• Public experience: Serving his first term as alderman; member of the Grandview Planning Commission 2010-2011; member of the Grandview Historical Commission 2011-present; current Grandview Planning Commission liaison.
• Stances: One priority is to continue with long-lasting infrastructure improvements such as streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, energy-efficient street lights and alternative energy sources. He wants to establish a youth council within the Parks and Recreation department, openly advertise vacant commission seats and increase outreach efforts through open houses and print and social media. He said the biggest challenge for Grandview is the lack of retail business.
Cornelius M. Blow
• Age: 51
• Address: 14508 Wilshire Circle
• Occupation: Operations manager and assistant to the pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church
• Education: Studied business at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University
• Public experience: None
• Stances: His top three priorities are economic growth, job creation and increased community involvement. He wants the city to have stronger ties with the Grandview School District, and plans to encourage businesses within the city to do the same. If elected, his first step would be to hold a meeting with community leaders and local clergy to gather input.