Seven-year incumbent James W. Hamilton faces former Raytown Alderman Jerry Kinman and challenger Jason Greene as he tries to hold onto his Ward 2 seat for another three years.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Hamilton and Kinman both said they want to improve the city’s services. Greene said he wants to improve accessibility, and a major focus of his campaign is governmental transparency.
Ward 2, which is near the center of the city on the eastern side, is also represented by Alderman Jim Aziere.
James W. Hamilton
• Age: 76
• Address: 7100 Harvard
• Occupation: Executive director of the Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation; formerly a research scientist with the VA Medical Center
• Education: Ph.D. in biochemistry and bachelor’s in chemistry, both from the University of Louisville
• Public experience: Appointed Raytown alderman in 2006, subsequently elected to two terms
• Stances: His top priority is keeping the city on a sound economic footing by continuing to push for economic development. Another is to improve city services. He said the biggest challenge is meeting city operations on a limited budget. He said there have been significant changes to city staff in the last few years and he’d like to continue on this path.
• Age: 29
• Address: 6325 Ralston
• Occupation: Teacher and coach in the Raytown School District
• Education: Master’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; bachelor’s in social science education from Northwest Missouri State University
• Public experience: None
• Stances: His priorities are promoting more transparency, accessibility and making sound economic investments. He would work on creating better lines of communication between City Hall and residents. He’d like to see a renewed focus on infrastructure improvements.
• Age: 55
• Address: 7019 Lakeshore Drive
• Occupation: Building engineer with Colliers International
• Education: Graduated from Raytown South High School
• Public experience: Raytown alderman, 1995-2003
• Stances: Top priorities are improving city departments’ service response time, increasing property values and code enforcement. He would like a “friendlier city hall” and wants voicemails to be answered within four working hours. He said the city’s image is its biggest challenge, and to tackle the problem the city needs to embrace its diversity, possibly look into advertising and improve code enforcement.
| Kathleen Pointer, Special to The Star