Raytown’s First Ward will have a new representative next month.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
The two candidates on Tuesday’s ballot, Josh Greene and Richard Tush, said they would work to make government more transparent, improve code enforcement and add sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly amenities.
Greene said he would encourage his constituents to attend community events and governmental meetings. He also would increase dialogue with those he represents.
Tush said he would bolster transparency by streaming all the city meetings online and include monthly updates and notices in sewer bills.
Ward 1, which is near the middle of the city on the western side, is now represented by Shane Par-Due and Joe Creamer. Par-Due’s term is expiring.
• Age: 23
• Address: 9401 E. 69th St.
• Occupation: Assistant debate coach at Lee’s Summit West High School; sales associate at Hertz
• Education: Graduated from Raytown South High School
• Public experience: None
• Website: www.greeneforraytown.com
• Stances: His priorities are governmental transparency, allocating resources to the police department and promoting quality code enforcement to help stabilize property values. Raytown’s biggest challenge is bringing young families into the city. He believes his outlined priorities would help, as would promoting entrepreneurship. He also wants to expand sidewalks leading to downtown and find ways to slow down drivers on residential streets.
• Age: 44
• Address: 9701 E. 65th St.
• Assistant vice president at a large financial institution
• Education: Graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School
• Public experience: Jackson County Public Water District No. 2 board of directors since April 2011
• Website: www.vote4tush.com
• Stances: His priorities are fighting for property values and public safety through proactive code enforcement, being an accessible alderman and staying involved in community service. He said the city needs to identify available grant or program funding for widening the roads and installing curbs, sidewalks and bike lanes in some areas of his ward.
| Kathleen Pointer, Special to The Star