Archive for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cooley: County still needs experienced leaders

January 16, 2013

Tom Cooley, who has served as a Unified Government commissioner since 1999, said he wants to remain on the Board of Commissioners because he believes his experience is still needed.

Cooley filed Dec. 27 to run for re-election to his District 7 seat on the Board of Commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. His seat covers both Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, as well as a portion of Kansas City, Kan, and unincorporated portions of the county.

“So my concern is that I represent all four elements of the district, particularly Bonner and Edwardsville,” he said. “I have the unique position of representing all of the entities in the county.”

Cooley formerly served as Bonner Springs’ city manager, a position from which he retired in 1998.

Cooley was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy of John “Tiny” McTaggart, now Edwardsville mayor, when McTaggart’s personal business required him to step down. Cooley then was officially elected to the seat in 2001, winning reelections in 2005 and 2009.

“My main purpose for running again is to continue the progress we’ve made in District 7,” Cooley said.

Cooley said he would like to inform citizens of how the Village West and Kansas Speedway area in the district is generating taxes for the county and he would like to continue that growth and progress and foster more cooperation between the county’s three cities.

“There’s been some very strong cooperation between all three cities and I want that to continue,” he said, referring to the interlocal agreement for casino revenue sharing in particular. “These are the types of cooperation partnerships I think we should encourage and support.”

Jim Walters of Bonner Springs has filed to run against Cooley. Information about Walters ran in the Jan. 3 issue of The Chieftain.

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