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Raytown Election 2015 – Follow the Money (part 1)

dollar_risingThe race for Mayor of Raytown is turning out to be the biggest in terms of cash contributions ever.  Alderman Ertz has raised a respectable $5,533.33 and given the amount of time left from that filling to election day, should hit the normal well financed range of $6,000 to $8,000. Retired police Sergeant McDonough has raised a whopping $16,260.00 and has already set a new record for contributions.

Analysis of the named cash contributor based on their stated address shows that Ertz got 81.48% of his contributions from Raytown and the average contribution level was $270,  McDonough got 55.48% of his contributions from Raytown and his average donation was $630.83.  This is an incomplete picture as a large portion of McDonough’s contributions were in-kind donations and a large portion of Ertz’s donations were raised at fundraising events where small donations to not have to be itemized.

Click HERE to download a pdf scan of the Ertz filings with the Ethics Commission that this article is based on and click HERE to download the McDonough filings.

Register Raytown

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Register Raytown is a non-partisan effort to register voters in Raytown.  We will be helping voters get registered on March 1st from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Painters Hall at 9902 East 62nd Street Raytown, MO. A Jackson County Election Board employee has volunteered his time so that your registration will be submitted immediately.

Directions: Take 63rd to Raytown Road (between Fox Drug and the UMB Bank) and turn North to 62nd Street and turn West (left) and it will be right in front of you. The entrance to the meeting room we will be using is in the back.

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Local elections have more impact on our lives than any other type election. They determine the quality of our streets and street lights, police, parks, schools, and fire protection.  Politicians listen to people that vote and are more likely to treat them fairly.

For Help registering
call 317 ROC VOTE (317/762-8683)
email vote@raytownonline.com

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RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTICE

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

 

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speakers will be

 Lanna Ultican 

Covering the GOP’s attitude about women’s rights

We will also be voting on RDA Board members for 2015

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

 

Contact

President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

Next meeting is January 15th

Mayor David Bower has been selected to the steering committee of KC Rising.

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KANSAS CITY REGION RESPONDS, LAUNCHES “KC RISING”
TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL ECONOMY

Nov. 11, 2014 – Announced today, the Kansas City region’s business, civic and government leaders are launching KC Rising, a new effort that will:
• Build capacity to bring existing businesses to greater scale
• Synchronize and optimize initiatives supporting existing businesses
• Fully realize the KC region’s potential through business growth

KC Rising is initially focused on building capacity within three economic drivers: globally competitive sectors, innovation and entrepreneurship, and human capital. The planning process will be completed in three phases with regular reporting to the community: Issue Definition and Vision Setting; Strategy Prioritization and Development; and Plan Roll Out.

“While many of our peer cities have bounced back from the Great Recession, the KC region is not keeping up – and the gap is growing,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Scott Smith, former CEO of HNTB Infrastructure. “Now is the time for a sustainable, strategic vision for the economic future of our entire KC region … we are all in this together.”

KC Rising is a strategic, business-led, long-term vision that is global in perspective and regional in focus. This community initiative is focused on three measurable outcomes:
• High growth in the Kansas City region’s Gross Metropolitan Product
• High-paying and sustainable, quality jobs
• A thriving innovation and business-creation environment

“A recent Brookings Report made it clear the KC region must be better positioned for success in the areas of job growth, global market share and commercialization,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “We are kicking things off today and realize the tremendous task ahead of us. I am confident that the promise of KC Rising will become a reality.”

Groups comprised of business and civic leadership from across the two-state region will support, implement and sustain this collaborative initiative. KC Rising is led by a steering committee with input on the development of strategies led by work groups focused on the initial three economic drivers.

KC Rising is supported by active engagement of the leadership and staff of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and the support of many regional chambers of commerce including the KC Chamber, our great educational institutions, and elected officials across the region, among others.

About KC Rising
KC Rising is a regional, collaborative, business community-led effort to develop a path for the KC region to reach its full economic potential. KC Rising will develop strategies for accelerating the region’s economic growth and ensure its continued competitiveness in the global economy. www.kcrising.com.

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION Meeting Tonight

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be

Tom Cole
City of Raytown
Economic Director Administrator

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003

Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

Next meeting is November 20th
Our speakers will to be
announced

Ward 1 Politics: Much Ado About Nothing

I was present at the Raytown polls on election day for the August primary. While there, I noticed Alderman Joe Creamer engaged in a long conversation with an election judge. I talked to Creamer afterwards and he stated that the Jackson County Election Board initially did not have a record of his residency. Eventually, the problem was cleared up and Creamer was allowed to vote.

Alderman Creamer contacted me several days later to tell me he was sending letters about his problem at the polls to the editors of Raytown’s print media as well to Raytown Online. He indicated that the source of the problem was a complaint from former Alderman Greg Walters, who was using Creamer’s upcoming divorce to challenge Creamer’s right to claim his home as his legal residence.

Prior to publishing Creamer’s letter on August 22nd, I asked for additional documentation. Creamer forwarded me a copy of this email he received from the Jackson County Election Board:

Mr. Creamer,

The Jackson County Election Board received a request from Greg Walters to investigate your voter registration regarding your residency. As discussed with you this morning, I will turn over all the paperwork you gave us to our Board’s attorneys.

We will advise you of the outcome.

Robert C. ( Bob ) Nichols, Jr.
Director of Elections
Jackson County Election Board
816-325-4600

The next step in my investigation was to verify Creamer’s copy of the email with the election board. The election board not only verified the validity of the email, at my request, they also provided me with a copy of Walter’s complaint letter.  Click HERE to download a PDF version of the letter or scroll down in the article.

The next step in verifying Creamer’s story was checking Walter’s blog, where I read the following statement:  “Raytown City Hall sources tell us that Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer is being investigated by Jackson County Election Board officials on questions of his residency.

I will leave it to the readers to decide why Mr. Walters cited City Hall as the source of an investigation that he appears to have  instigated.

Next, I obtained a copy of the divorce papers Mr. Walters referred to in his letter to the election board from Alderman Creamer. Creamer provided me with a copy and you can click HERE to download a PDF version of the relevant pages, or scroll down to the bottom of this article.

From the divorce document, it is clear that Alderman Creamer lists the home he owns in Ward 1 as his permanent residence. The document also lists a temporary address in Raytown, but outside Ward 1, as his residence while the divorce is concluded.

The Jackson County Election Board ruled in Alderman Creamer’s favor, allowing him to vote based on his permanent, home address in Ward 1, Raytown.  Is this a case of a Raytown elected official breaking the rules by sleeping somewhere besides his home while a divorce proceeds, or it a case of a political adversary taking advantage of Creamer’s marital problems to make more trouble for him?

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RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTICE

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown

Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speakers will be

Tom McDonald

State Representative, 28 District

Michael McDonough Announces Bid for Mayor of Raytown

mike mMichael McDonough announced Friday, 08-15-14, his intention to run for Mayor of the City of Raytown.   Michael McDonough is dedicated to fostering an environment of cooperation within the City of Raytown.  He is committed to working alongside citizens and businesses to meet important community goals. For decades, Michael has served the public, his own neighbors, with integrity and dedication, in both public safety and local charity service, and is committed to our community’s progress.  The election will be held in April of 2015.

Michael, a nearly life-long resident, has achieved many accomplishments throughout his personal and professional life.  He was most recently honored to be named the Truman Heartland Foundation 2014 Raytown Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  As stated by the Truman Heartland Foundation’s press release announcing the honor, that recognition is reserved for those community members that have “used their skills, abilities, and positions to promote the wellbeing of their communities and the people that live in them. While the avenue towards change may be varied among them, all the honorees are united by a common goal, to improve the lives of their fellow citizens, and a common desire to help improve and enrich the communities of Eastern Jackson County.”

He donates his personal time to many charitable organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP,) the Raytown Police Benefit Fund, and was elected to a position on the Raytown Charter Commission. He was also involved at Southwood Elementary School for seven years in the Youth Friends Program.

His other accomplishments include having been an EMT with training in Emergency Care of Wounded Police Officers, Scouting, Coaching youth sports, and assisting other organizations with fundraising events.  He has received the Officer of the Year Award, twice, a Lifesaving Award from the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, the James Schneider Award from the Raytown Fire Protection District, the Life Saving Star from Raytown Emergency Medical Services, as well as several Quality Contribution Certificates from the Raytown C-2 School District.

Michael McDonough has lived in Raytown for the past 51 years.  He grew up in Raytown, went through school here and graduated from Raytown South High School in 1973. He enjoys living in Raytown because of the great people that live here. They are so giving and helpful to one another, and just like him, are proud of this community. Although this town is surrounded by Kansas City, it has continued to keep its small town feel.

He has served as a police officer for the Raytown Police Department since 1975. Prior to that, he worked for a year in the City Street Department, while attending community college.  His passion has been, and always will be, serving the citizens of the City of Raytown. He has been serving his community for the last 40 years, and will continue to do so.  He continues to live in Raytown because of the people, and his love for this community.

It is that dedication and commitment to our community that has led Michael McDonough to decide to run for Mayor of the City of Raytown in the April 2015 election.  Michael would be honored to continue his service to the citizens of Raytown by leading the City of Raytown with a spirit of cooperation and progress.

Frank White at Doughboys

Frank White was at Doughboys Donuts in the Woodson Shopping Center on August 2nd for a campaign event. Mr. White signed autographs, there was a DJ, face painting for the kids and of course donuts.

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Candidate Endorsements

RaytownOnline Endorses The Following Candidates

In the past RaytownOnline.com has limited political attention to candidates for the City of Raytown and the Raytown School District.  Recent events concerning the Jackson County Legislature granting property tax-free status and renewal of property free status at the expense of the income of the Raytown School District in the past, prompted broader political scrutiny for the sake of our community. 

Jackson County Legislature, 1st District at Large (Democrat) Sherwood Smith

Mr. Smith can point to a long history of involvement working for Democratic values and has the skills and knowledge that the job requires. His opponent has name recognition and a commendable history working with children, but needs more political experience before tackling a job in the often rough arena of the Jackson County Legislature.

Jackson County Legislature, 2nd District (Democrat) Sterling Brown

Mr. Brown lives in Raytown with his wife and children and has a history of supporting issues that help working class families.  The former 2nd District Legislator totally ignored the Raytown portion of his district and the odds are good that his hand-picked successor with do the same.

Jackson County Legislature, 6th District (Republican) Theresa Galvin

Ms.  Galvin seems knowledgeable and articulate.   It is hoped that Raytown will receive better attention from her than it has from the incumbent Bob Spence.  To Mr. Spence’s credit, he has attended a couple of Raytown Chamber of Commerce functions recently, but after many years in office, it is too little and too late.

Ballot Issues Editorial

RaytownOnline.com position on two of the Constitutional Amendments that will be on the ballot next Tuesday.

Constitutional Amendment #1: The Right to Farm  – NO  

The very name of this amendment is deceptive. This amendment is not about the right to farm in any traditional sense. It is about the right to put HUGE hog production facilities in Missouri, without local government having any control.  The amendment also loosens restrictions on foreign ownership of Missouri farmland and loosens restrictions on puppy mills.  In the past county and city governments have been able to prevent damage to the local air quality and threats to the local water table by the use of zoning and health codes that control where large hog factories can be placed. This amendment would prevent local government from deciding where they want to allow hog factories to be placed. This bill is totally for the benefit of LARGE hog factories, foreign farm investors, and puppy mills. It does nothing for family farms and takes power away from local government ability to protect their citizens. 

Constitutional Amendment #7 Sales Tax Increase for Transportation – NO

We agree there is a need to repair and upgrade Missouri highways and bridges, BUT this is the WRONG way to pay for it.  The logical source of revenue would be an increase on the gasoline and diesel fuel tax, a tax that has not been raised for over 20 years. The fuel tax has not even been adjusted for inflation and is one of the lowest in the Midwest.  The amendment goes further, it prevents any raising of fuel taxes for 10 years.  Those that use and put the most wear and tear on our highways are the trucking industry, and they are a major force behind this legislation.  NO free ride for trucking companies at the expense of everyone else, including people that do not or cannot even drive. 

Raytown Democratic Association August Primary Endorsements

Raytown Democratic Association

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – 5TH DISTRICT

Emanuel Cleaver II

 

MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE – 27th DISTRICT

Bonnaye V. Mims

 

MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE – 28th DISTRICT

Tom McDonald

 

JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Mike Sanders

 

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 1 AT LARGE

Sherwood Smith

 

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 2 AT LARGE

Crystal Williams

 

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 3 AT LARGE

Tony Miller

 

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 1

Scott Burnett

 

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 2

Sterling Brown

 

BROOKING TOWNSHIP COMMITTEEMAN (VOTE FOR TWO)

Michael Downing
Fred Hartwell

 

BROOKING TOWNSHIP COMMITTEEWOMAN (VOTE FOR TWO)

Sandra Hartwell
Kimberly Clause Luaces

 

Constitutional Amendment 1

No

 

Constitutional Amendment 5

No

 

Constitutional Amendment 7

No

Raytown Democratic Association Annual Picnic

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Raytown Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum

This years Raytown Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum was much more lively than previous forums. The elected officials (or in the case of Claire McCaskill her representative) were ask questions about recent legislation.

The recent tax cuts on business and income and the proposed sales tax and gasoline tax increases were supported by the Republican panel members.  County Legislator Bob Spence) and State Representative Mike Cierpoit took the position that the tax cuts would stimulate growth in the economy and create jobs.  State Representatives Bonnaye Mims and Tom McDonald maintained that the cuts favored business and the wealthy, would cause major budget shortfalls that would hurt education. The two Democratic Representatives also maintained that the increased sales and gasoline taxes would cost the middle class and the poor more than the cuts would save them.

The forum ended on a high note, with Representative Mims thanking Representative Cierpoit for his help in obtaining funding to restore the Jackson County Courthouse.

The Charter Commission Candidates & Ballot Questions

The charter candidate information has been organized in a table with links to the candidates’ submissions to RaytownOnline.com and their answers to the questionnaire RaytownOnline.com emailed them.  Not all candidates have responded; consequently, the table has many blank areas that hopefully will be filled in by election day.  Due to time constraints and the amount of effort this article has taken and will take, and the fact that some of the candidates will never respond, it will be published now and updated if and when RaytownOnline receives more responses. 

Candidate Questionnaire Submitted material
Joe Burton    
Janet Emerson    Click HERE
Lisa Emerson    
Jason Greene  Click HERE  
Mark Moore  Click HERE  
Chris Rathbone    
Robbie Tubbs    
Susan Thorsen    
Jim Aziere    
Richard Koop    
Steve Guenther    Click HERE
Greg Walters    
Charlotte Melson  Click HERE  Click HERE
Susan Dolan    
Sandra Wood-Hartwell  Click HERE  
Ted Bowman    
Michael McDonough    
Mary Jane Van Buskirk    Click HERE
David McCauley    
Witty Wittman  Click HERE  
Matthew Cushman  Click HERE  Click HERE
Jerome Barnes    Click HERE

Raytown voters and Raytown School District voters will have choices to make on Tuesday, April 8th.  


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For Raytown voters, these are the choices:

1.  Does Raytown renew the 1/2 cent sales tax that is earmarked for transportation purposes for a period of ten years?

Yes: This one is the easiest choice to make. I have seen major improvement since this was passed.  I can remember a street that was in total failure just two blocks from my home when I first moved to Raytown. I truly might have had second thoughts about buying my home if I had noticed this and other Raytown street conditions. Further, Raytown lags far behind our neighboring cities in providing sidewalks; many of our children wait for the school bus or walk to school in the street.

2. Does Raytown renew the 3/8 cent sales tax that is earmarked for capital improvements purposes for a period of ten years?

Yes:  This tax pays for the equipment needed to provide services such as police, ambulance, and snow removal. 

Unlike many taxes, both these sales taxes are monitored by a citizen oversight committee that insures the tax money is spent in the manner that the voters approved.  Without these revenues, the Raytown would have to dip into general funds and the money is not there. 

3. Do we create a commission to frame (write) a charter (like a constitution for a city)?

Yes:  A charter would be good for the city, if it is a good charter.  There is risk, however. We could get a commission that wastes time and taxpayer money to draft a charter that will not pass,  or a charter that should not pass. Another risk would be a charter that sets the threshold for recall/initiative/referendum so low that Raytown might be drained of our tax money paying for elections for issues that have no real popular support. 

4. Which 13 candidates out of a field of 22 shall frame this charter?

RaytownOnline endorsements will be indicated by Y, N, or ?.   Many of the candidates are not well known in the community, or did not respond to the request for information, so it is not possible for me to have an opinion on how well they will serve based on previous service in elected or volunteer positions. The key word in that last sentence is OPINION, as an endorsement from RaytownOnline.com is actually only my personal opinion, based on years of paying attention to the events that concern Raytown.

You do not have to vote for all 13 positions.  Voting for a candidate you know nothing about reduces the chance of candidates you want elected actually winning. 

Candidate Endorsed Comments
Joe Burton    
Janet Emerson    
Lisa Emerson  N  
Jason Greene    
Mark Moore    
Chris Rathbone  Y  
Robbie Tubbs  N  
Susan Thorsen    
Jim Aziere  Y  Former US Constitution teacher
Richard Koop    
Steve Guenther    
Greg Walters  N  
Charlotte Melson  Y  
Susan Dolan  N  
Sandra Wood-Hartwell  Y  
Ted Bowman  Y   
Michael McDonough  Y   Excellent people and organizational skills
Mary Jane Van Buskirk  Y   
David McCauley  Y   
Witty Wittman  Y   
Matthew Cushman  Y  
Jerome Barnes  Y  Strong history of both community service and working with diverse people towards a common goal

 

For Raytown School District voters this is the choice:

Shall the Raytown School District be allowed to borrow $22 million dollars for the purpose of constructing, renovating, improving, furnishing and equipping school facilities of the District, including safety and security enhancements, roof replacements, lighting improvements, restrooms, plumbing, electrical and technology upgrades, and renovation and expansion of the existing Raytown South High School athletic facility and issue bonds for the payment thereof?

Yes: About 85% of this bond issue is targeted at needed repairs and upgrade. Failure to make the repairs would results in greater costs in the future. Failure to upgrade school security could result in a disaster.  The expenditure to on a football field at Raytown South is not a high priority item and I would prefer that money was spent building a swimming facility to replace the loss of the YMCA pool.  The bond issue addresses a multitude of needs and it is surprising that most of them deserve to be funded.    85% is a remarkably high percentage. 

Click HERE to see the Election Board ballot for the Raytown City election.

Click HERE to see the Election Board ballot for the Raytown School District election.

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Jerome Barnes Charter Commission Candidate

 

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My name is Jerome Barnes… I am married, and have been a resident of Raytown since 1986. I served in the military for 6 years, and retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years as a Labor Relations Specialists. I served on the School Advisory Board and Volunteered as an Athletic Director for 5 years at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School here in Raytown. Currently serving on the Raytown C-2 School Board and was recently elected to my second three-year term. I am a member of the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association.   I am placing my name on the ballot for Charter Commissioner because I want to take an active part in the local decision-making process. If elected, I will work with the charter commission members and other community leaders to produce a charter for Raytown…a charter that is written clearly and in plain language that the citizens of Raytown can understand.

Like many others, I believe that Raytown is at a crossroad. We all want to see the great City of Raytown making the right decisions and headed in the right direction. I believe the charter, if written correctly, can be a tool to aid Raytown in recognizing problems and avoid some of the potential pitfalls our community faces. In Missouri, a town without a charter operates under state rules. That means Raytown is now governed by state statute due to not having a charter. A charter serves as a town’s constitution and will outline the structure of town government and the distribution of powers within that government under the Missouri State Constitution and state laws. For me, the charter is a defining document. It defines the structure of the city’s organization, describes the process by which important tasks are accomplished, clarifies the roles of individuals and groups who play a part in the governance process, and identifies who is accountable.

There will be two questions on the ballot for the Tuesday, April 8, 2014 election concerning Raytown Charter. The first question would establish a charter commission. Secondly, the voters are also asked to choose a thirteen-member charter commission. The commissioners (when elected) will write a document that will enhance the city way of doing business for the next 10 to 20 years. I encourage you to support the development of a charter for Raytown, and would appreciate your vote to include me as a member of the commission. I can be reached at smile4jerome@yahoo.com


 

Jerome made a donation to REAP. This is a prerequisite for placing an ad on RaytownOnline.com When he responds to the questionnaire,  it will also be posted. 

City Charter – We must learn from the mistakes of the past

“Those that do not learn from the past are condemned  to repeat it”, (George Santayana).  Raytown is facing the 5th attempt to pass a city charter.  To avoid a repeat of the past, RaytownOnline.com will spend the next two weeks examining that past.  A previous post (click HERE to read) included links to the four most recent charter attempts.  A video of the last meeting of the last charter commission in 2005 is provided in this article.   The next article will examine some of the specifics that may have contributed to the failures in the past.  

April Election coverage starts NOW

Raytown voters and Raytown School District voters will have choices to make on Tuesday, April 8th.  

For Raytown voters these are the choices.

1.  Does Raytown renew the 1/2 cent sales tax that is earmarked for transportation purposes for a period of ten years.

2. Does Raytown renew the 3/8 cent sales tax that is earmarked for capital improvements purposes for a period of ten years.

3. Do we create a commission to frame (write) a charter (like a constitution for a city). 

4. Which 13 candidates out of a field of 22 shall frame this charter.

For Raytown School District voters this is the choice.

Shall the Raytown School District be allowed to borrow $22 million dollars for the purpose of constructing, renovating, improving, furnishing and equipping school facilities of the District, including safety and security enhancements, roof replacements, lighting improvements, restrooms, plumbing, electrical and technology upgrades, and renovation and expansion of the existing Raytown South High School athletic facility and issue bonds for the payment thereof?

Click HERE to see the Election Board ballot for the Raytown City election.

Click HERE to see the Election Board ballot for the Raytown School District election. 

 

 

2014 Legislative Forums in Raytown

2014 Legislative Forums in Raytown

 Senators LeVota and Curls, Representatives Cross, Ellington, McDonald, Mims and Torpey
Mayor David Bower and Administrative Staff, City Council Persons
Chamber President Vicki Turnbow
School District Board of Education, Administrators and Staff
PTA Representatives and Raytown Patrons

Dates:              February 21 –  March 28  –  April 25
Time:               4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Location:     Raytown School District Administration Building
                        6608 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo. 64133

For information: 816.268.7008

 Please join us to interact with our legislators on issues that impact the City of Raytown and our children and their education.

State Senate bill on student transfers

Political press releases and/or newsletters are not the normal fare for RaytownOnline.com. This email newsletter from State Senator LeVota has a portion in it relevant to  the transferring of student out of student from Kansas City Public Schools and into Raytown Schools.  The portion concerning transfers follows as well as a link to a web version of the entire email. 


 

Fixing the Student Transfer Issue
The issue with the most focus in the Senate is the efforts to clarify an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to a nearby accredited district of their choice.  Despite the fact that this policy adds uncertainty and insecurity for all school districts involved, the Missouri Supreme Court has issued rulings upholding the law.  In the wake of those rulings, many students in unaccredited districts have transferred to other schools, which highlights the need for the General Assembly to finally address the issue to stop the anticipated problems.

That is why I filed Senate Bill 624. The bill allows school districts to establish policies that outline class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios.  Once a district establishes a desirable class size and student-to-teacher ratio, districts will not be required to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts if the move would violate the class size and student-to-teacher ratio.

This bill addresses the student transfer issue in a way that helps both the accredited and unaccredited school districts.  It is unfair to overwhelm accredited districts with transferring students. On the other hand, it’s also unfair to turn students away if the district has the room to accommodate them.

Senate Bill 624 also prohibits the State School Board from classifying a school district as unaccredited or reclassifying a district’s accreditation to provisional if a vacancy exists on the board for the congressional district where the school is located.


To read the entire newsletter click HERE.

 

Raytown Online Policy

RaytownOnline.com will publish Candidate information, without regard to party affiliation.  Candidates are requested to submit at least a picture, bio, and positions, The prefered format for the picture is jpg, The Bio and positions should be not more than a one or two medium-sized paragraphs each.

Michael N. Downing

ATTORNEY KEN DUVALL ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY AGAINST INCUMBENT CONSERVATIVE, REP. GARY CROSS

Early endorsements from elected officials, community leaders for moderate Duvall pave way for close competition against controversial incumbent
 
Lee’s Summit, MO – Today local attorney Ken Duvall announced his candidacy for State Representative in Missouri’s 35th House District as a Democrat with a wide array of endorsements.
 
“I’m proud to have received such a tremendous amount of early support,” said Duvall. “Missouri’s 35th District is facing some serious challenges—we need leadership that promotes job growth and government efficiency and quality education, leadership that transcends bitter, needless partisan division. I am looking forward to listening to the many, diverse voices of my neighbors in Missouri’s 35th district and am ready to provide a type of leadership that does not care about Republican or Democrat.”
 
“I have been very fortunate in the jobs I have had as an attorney,” said Duvall, “both at the Missouri Court of Appeals under Judge Alok Ahuja, who was appointed by Republican Governor Matt Blunt , and at my current job at Berkowitz Oliver with some of the area’s finest attorneys.”
 
Duvall has received the endorsements of elected officials and business and community leaders such as Hon. Gail McCann Beatty, Hon. Jeremy LaFaver, Hon. John Mayfield, Hon. Tom McDonald, Hon. Kevin McManus, Hon. Judy Morgan, Hon. Jean Peters Baker, Hon. John Rizzo, Hon. Theresa Garza Ruiz, Hon. Joe Runions, Hon. Jay Swearingen, Hon. Crystal Williams, and Garry Kemp, former Business Manager for the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council.
 
“Ken has the vision and the experience that business leaders are looking for in their elected leaders,” said Phil Glynn, vice president of Travois, a small business. “From his background as an attorney and his commitment to listening to all of us, Republican and Democrat alike, Ken has shown that he cares more about practical, pro-growth policies than about winning partisan political points.”
 
“I am honored to have the support of these dedicated public servants, business owners, and community leaders,” said Duvall. “These leaders all share a tireless commitment to the people of Missouri. Their endorsements reinforce that we can work together to bring an innovative, fresh approach to improving our state, regardless of political affiliation.”
 
“The people in this district do not care about liberal or conservative,” said Duvall, “what they do care about is being represented by someone focused on passing laws that protect and advance their interests instead of laws that score political points but help no one in the real world. My only concern in the house will be to do what’s best for the people on a practical level.”
 
Ken Duvall’s candidacy is based on the idea that Missouri voters care more about good government and quality leadership than party affiliation and politics as usual. Ken lives with his wife Kelly in Lee’s Summit near Lee’s Summit North High School. Detailed information about Ken’s campaign and background can be found at https://www.facebook.com/duvallformissouri.

Car Taken at Gun Point

At approximately 5:50 p.m. on 12/11/2013, the Raytown Police were called in regard to a vehicle taken at gunpoint in the area of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Spring Valley Road. The victim stated he was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect knocked on his driver’s window. The suspect was a black male possibly in his early to mid-twenties, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The suspect pointed a dark colored handgun at the victim and ordered him out of the vehicle. After the victim complied, the suspect got in the vehicle and left in an unknown direction. Approximately an hour later the police recovered the stolen vehicle in the 8400 block of Kentucky in Raytown, Missouri. The suspect was not with the vehicle and has not been identified.

There were no injuries reported at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

RDA November meeting

State Senator Kiki Curls, who represents a large portion of Raytown, was the featured speaker at the Raytown Democratic Associations November meeting. Senator Curls spent a major portion of her presentaion taking questions from the audience. 

 

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp also spoke to the group on unified dispatch, the new radio system, CSI needs and  the replacement of an automated licence plate scanner. 

Mike SHarp

Raytown Democratic Association July meeting

The Raytown Democratic Association met on the July 18th (the third Thursday is the standard meeting date) at Las Chili’s on Raytown Road. The featured speaker was Scott Burnett, Jackson County’s 1st District legislator. Raytown’s State Rep. Tom McDonald was also present and gave his “what is happening in Jeff City” Report. 

Scott Burnett at RDA

County Legislator Scott Burnett

Early birds at RDA

Pictured are some early birds who showed up at about 6:15 for the 7:00 pm meeting. The meeting may start at 7:00, but the chat and chew session normally begins at 6:00 pm.