The 4th District at-large race has been one of the most closely watched this campaign season.
It features two very experienced Kansas City politicians: incumbent Jim Glover, who has served numerous terms on the City Council, and Katheryn Shields, a former City Councilwoman who also served as Jackson County executive.
Glover was first in a four-way primary with 43 percent of the vote but was followed closely by Shields, who captured 42 percent. Jared Campbell, another primary candidate, has since endorsed Glover.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional development, Westminster College; law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Public service: 4th District at-large council member 1991-1999, 2003-2007 and 2011-present; former Missouri Housing Development Commission member; Total Transportation Advisory Committee; Mid-America Regional Council
Major endorsements: Forward Kansas City; Citizens Association; La Raza Political Club; KC BizPAC
Positions on three key topics:
KCI: I owe it to the public to wait to make up my mind until the council receives a report from the facility’s stakeholders — and until there is a public hearing.
Kemper Arena: I have questioned proponents of all options with equal fervor for the public interest. Some proponents did not like having to answer those questions, but as a public representative I asked them. Recently, the City Council issued a national request for proposals to solicit ideas to consider for the arena’s future.
Streetcar expansion: I support expansion of the streetcar into districts and neighborhoods that welcome the project. In particular, and following support documented by last year’s election returns, I support the construction of a north-south expansion line, which will connect the University of Missouri - Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District and the Plaza. I believe that east-west expansion lines will serve the public interest, but that belief remains contingent on community support.
Occupation: Retired attorney and elected official; former executive director of Westside Housing
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and law degree from UMKC
Previous public service: 4th District at-large City Council, 1987-1994; Jackson County executive 1995-2006
Major endorsements: Greater Kansas City Heavy Constructors Association; Freedom Inc.; Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus; Progressive Women’s Coalition; Fire Fighters Local 42; AFL-CIO; Fraternal Order of Police
Positions on three key topics:
KCI: I support modernization of the airport. Since this question will go to the voters, we need to have a plan that makes sense to the voters ... similar to what was done with the modernization of the stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex. We were successful with the voters because we presented them with a conservative, cost-effective solution that made sense.
Kemper Arena: We can make necessary improvements, and generate lots of good-paying jobs, without taking a wrecking ball to every problem. The city has a request for proposals for a reuse of Kemper Arena. I believe the Foutch Brothers will respond with a youth sports facility concept. Hopefully other developers will also respond, and the city will have several concepts to consider.
Streetcar expansion: Given that we have already begun the building of the downtown phase 1, expanding it to the Plaza/UMKC area seems to make sense. With better planning, it need not be as disruptive to nearby businesses. However, I would not support the use of the half-cent transportation tax (mostly intended for buses) to help fund this extension.