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Platte County Commissioner District 2

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    David Park

    (Dem)

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    Joe Vanover
    (Rep)

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Campaign Website: http://www.park4platte.com
Campaign email address david.park@park4platte.com
Campaign Phone (816) 605-6201
Public Elected Offices Held None
Incumbent? No
Education BS Environmental Health, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, MPA Public Administration, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Age 64
I am seeking election to the office of Second District Commissioner to protect Platte County’s parks and recreation, to improve transparency, and to ensure fiscal responsibility.

The way commissioners fulfill the responsibilities of their office has a significant impact on our quality of life in Platte County. Because there is no "city manager" type position in Platte County government, it is helpful for commissioners to have training and experience with managing similar organizations. The training leading to my Master of Public Administration and 35 years of pertinent experience in running government, grants, and operational programs, while working with a wide range of members of the public, neighborhood leaders, and government officials to successfully achieve common goals will prove to be very beneficial.
More public involvement in the annual budget process is a priority. Various citizen engagement practices will be used to formulate funding priorities using the input provided by this process. Citizens need to have a larger role in knowing and guiding how their tax dollars are spent.

I am an advocate for parks and recreation and continuing the development of facilities for county residents to enjoy, especially considering the rapid population growth in Platte County. We also need to sufficiently fund law enforcement to keep criminal activity minimalized. Infrastructure is always a priority as well. Roads, bridges, and other infrastructure must be maintained in safe condition.

To keep taxes low, it is imperative that all county operations be handled in the most efficient and effective way possible. Wasteful spending must be avoided.
Campaign Website: http://www.vanoverlaw.net
Campaign email address jvanover@vanoverlaw.net
Campaign Phone (816) 769-1948
Public Elected Offices Held Platte County Republican Central Committeeman
Incumbent? No
Education University of Missouri-Columbia: Communication 1995, Law 1998
Age 47
I am running for county commissioner to ensure Platte County remains healthy, vibrant and safe. I care deeply about our community. As an attorney, mostly I focus on helping regular people caught in challenging legal situations. Part of my time is spent working to prevent future problems, such as estate planning. I recently completed a two-year term as the chairman of the board for the First Christian Church of Platte City and a one-year term as the president of the Platte County Bar Association. I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Platte City, and I have been a lawyer in the area for more than 20 years. I worked in the Platte County Prosecutor's Office for 14 years and served as a special federal prosecutor on a number of cases, including bank robberies, firearms and explosives crimes.
The success of our community comes from individuals working to serve others and caring for their families. I am an attorney who helps people finds solutions to difficult legal situations, frequently related to real estate and business issues. My wife works in healthcare. We have been blessed in many ways. Julie and I have wonderful memories of raising our kids in this community. My goal is for the next generation to enjoy a safe, healthy and vibrant community.

The stress and uncertainty of the current time is challenging. But each challenge brings a new opportunity. We cannot know what the future holds. But I am committed to doing all I can so the next generation can thrive in our community.