Different year. Same names on the ballot for Raymore mayor.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Peter Kerckhoff and Jeffrey Adams ran against each other a year ago to complete the term of the previous mayor, Juan Alonzo, who stepped down after he was late on his state income taxes. Kerckhoff handily won that match and now wants to stay in office for the standard three-year term. Adams, a City Council member, is trying to prevent that.
Both candidates said they are against tax increases and want to find ways to bring more businesses, and jobs, to the area.
• Age: 56
• Address: 702 Condor St
• Occupation: Self-employed/retired. Formerly worked as: director of education at Colorado Technical University; consultant to DeVry University, and dean of engineering technology at DeVry
• Education: Master's in technology from Pittsburg State University; master's in business administration from City University in Santa Clara, Calif.; bachelor's in electrical engineering technology from the Missouri Institute of Technology.
• Public experience: Mayor of Raymore since 2012; City Council member, 2007-2012; planning and zoning commission member 2005-2007
• Website: www.PeteForRaymore.com
• Stances: Says the city needs to continue to market itself to attract retail and commercial businesses. Does not support any kind of tax increase. Wants to maintain a council free of personal attacks.
• Age: 50
• Address: 521 N. Jefferson
• Occupation: Health insurance broker for Adams Insurance Services LLC
• Education: Master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix; bachelor's in applied behavioral science from National Louis University
• Public experience: Ward 3 councilman since 2005
• Website: None
• Stances: Wants to reduce taxes and attract new businesses to the city. Says Raymore needs more public transportation and a home-delivered meal program for seniors and disabled citizens.