Councilman Nick King hopes to hold on to his seat for another four years at the April 2 election, but he’s up against candidate Gene Gentrup for this Ward 4 seat.
The candidates echoed each other when it came to their list of council priorities.
Both want to focus on finishing the second phase of the South Liberty Parkway project and deal with the city’s wastewater management. Neither candidate supports raising taxes. Currently, Kansas City provides wastewater treatment for the city, but because of annual increases for treatment, Liberty officials are exploring the possibility of creating a wastewater treatment facility.
The Liberty City Council is made up of two representatives from four wards and a mayor. Council members serve a four-year term.
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1937 Current StreetOccupation:
Owner of King Marketing Consortium, Inc.Education:
Bachelor’s degree in music education from Montana State University.Public experience:
Current Ward 4 councilman and has been on the council for eight years; three years as treasurer of the Clay Ridge Homeowners Association; has served as mayor pro-tem; council liaison for the LIberty Cemetery Committee; Liberty Road Tax Committee member.
His top priorities are completing Phase II of the South Liberty Parkway, attracting a high-quality residential developer to the area to provide more housing; dealing with the costs of wastewater treatment and replacing and upgrading underground infrastructure.Gene Gentrup Age:
900 Redwood CourtOccupation:
Journalist and managing editor at Specialized Publications Company.Education:
Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.Public experience:
Co-chairman of the Liberty for All Infrastructure Committee.Website:
His top priorities are broadening the tax base by attracting more commercial and industrial development; completing the South Liberty Parkway to ease traffic congestion and open Liberty’s southern corridor for development; find solutions to the city’s rising cost of wastewater treatment. He said it’s important to improve Ruth Ewing Road and LaFrenz Road.