2015 Candidate questionnaire: Jordan Mackey, Bonner Springs City Council Ward 3
Jordan Mackey is running for election to the Ward 3 Bonner Springs City Council seat, facing incumbent Bob Reeves. The following are Mackey's responses to The Chieftain's candidate questionnaire.
Occupation: Owner of Rnt2KC - Property Management
Family: My roots run deep through-out Bonner Springs. I'm a Mackey, Tiner & Tolliver. Morgan Tolliver & Vallerie Tiner Tolliver (Mother's side), Michael Mackey (Father's side) & Carmen Mackey. My siblings that grew up in Bonner Springs are Joel Mackey, Zack Mackey & Addi Tolliver. Winston Mackey, Hannah Tolliver, Kyle Spielman, Alyssa Spielman are also siblings, but didn't graduate from Bonner and many cousins sprinkled throughout that mix, too.
Years lived in the city: I've lived or worked in Bonner nearly my entire 29 years. I had a span of about 4-5 years where I lived in Waldo, Mo., however still worked in Bonner Springs.
Previous political experience: Growing up in a huge family, politics becomes second nature.
Other community service: Member of the YMCA since it was built, my family has a tile on the wall. I've also taught swim lessons and was a former life guard for both YMCA and Fun Valley Pool.
Campaign website: https://fb.me/MackeyForBonner or https://www.facebook.com/MackeyForBonner
What made you decide to run for office?
My greatest inspiration to run for office this year in particular I'll have to dedicate to my younger brother Zack Mackey, whom passed away April 24, 2014. He was always very passionate about his views of government being ran, "By The People & For The People." I was raised if you don't like something or don't approve take action and become the change you'd like to see happen.
What special qualifications would you bring to this office?
With career experience in Real Estate, Banking and Business Development Coaching, along with education in Accounting and Construction Management special focus towards Green Building. Youth is an asset I still posses, however I've also dug out sewer pipes and participated in finance budget meetings. Sometimes in the same day.
How do you plan to stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?
When I'm elected how I can be reached won't change much. I'm trying to add a dose of technology to the mix, however I can still be found just as easy at local establishments or probably rehabbing a home on your local block.
The council recently gave a resolution of support for the Westgate project, a $64 million mixed-use development at 118th and State Ave. that would require the city to provide many development incentives. Do you support this development? Why or why not?
The new proposed Westgate project looks beautiful on paper, however after reading the development agreement as published in The Chieftain, I'm confused on how many Bonner residents would be willing to support a project that has $0.00 dollars of Positive financial impact to their local property taxes for 7,300 days (20 Years) from ground breaking. Over $400,000 dollars of Negative impact on local utilities and potentially 1,000's of additional students added to USD 204 while school funding is being slashed? Blank checks, don't make wise investments.
Funding for future phases of the I-70/K-7 interchange is unknown, but the city will eventually face construction of an interchange at K-7 and Kansas Ave. What should the city do to prepare for this, especially in regard to its street network?
To plan for the future and allow our city to continue to be relevant in the ever growing and highly competitive suburban space. We'll need to prepare more options for Bonner Springs roadway access other than just K-7 or the popular Kansas Ave route.
As you have been campaigning, what issue have you found is most important for constituents in your ward? How would you address this issue?
Two of the biggest issues I've experienced and heard about during my days as a Bonner resident and fellow citizen would be Travel or Transport & Taxes. Bonner has had an excellent start at some very beautiful, along with unique bike & walking trails through out the city. Working with local land owners and home builders we could have a rather unique opportunity to connect and develop this network farther, along with increase the appeal and value of individual home owners largest investments. As for the taxes, we should focus on 5 year cycles. If projects we're supporting don't show positive benefits to the city in AT LEAST 5 years. We should send them back to the drawing board.
In your own opinion, what are the three most important issues facing the city? If you did not do so in a previous answer, please share how you would address these issues.
My previous reply covers what I've heard from many different walks... of life for current issues facing the City of Bonner Springs, Kansas.