I voted for her opponent, Melba Curls, in the primary, mainly on name recognition. And I like Melba. She went to Central High, and I've interviewed her about her experience being one of the first black students there after Brown v. Board. And she's always been supportive and accessible when I've raised issues about various bureaucrats trying to hold the Central debate squad back. I'd be very happy to have Ms. Curls serve on City Council.
But now that I've been to a few forums, I've decided to vote for Dee Williams.
Judging from her responses to questions at forums, she seems to have studied City Hall more closely than just about any other candidate. I'm impressed that her home page offers links to very good studies/plans on light rail, housing, infrastructure and TIF. I'm pleased to see that she's backing these.
And I like her experience:
• 30 years of promoting community and economic development
• Developed the City’s Minor Home Repair and Barrier Removal grant programs, designed to construct modifications that make the home more accessible.
• Developed the City’s New Construction program, which is responsible for new housing and new sub-divisions in underdeveloped neighborhoods
• Advisor and consultant to neighborhood groups in redevelopment planning
• Appointed by the Mayor as director of the “troubled” Kansas City Housing Authority
• Appointed by the city manager to manage the City’s failed housing agency
• Assisted in the development of downtown Quality Hill, Westside Housing, Northeast, Renaissance and Citadel developments.
• Former YMCA and Credit Union Board member
• Member of the Women’s Political Caucus
• Member of the Citizens Association
• Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, N.A.A.C.P., and National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Plus, I like, quite frankly, that she's not endorsed by Freedom, Inc. (Even though they're backing Sharon Sanders Brooks, who I would've ordinarily thought of as a Freedom outsider; and who probably only got the nod from the group because her opponent has a fraud indictment). I have a sense that Dee Williams has the courage to stand up to the insiders, and represent regular folks like me.
(And she also went to Central!)