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Johnson County Water District Board 4

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    Jeffrey Mendoza

  • Bob Reese

Biographical Information

What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

What factors will you consider to address fairness and equity in the Water Board rate structure?

Personal Biography I hold a Juris Doctor degree from UMKC School of Law. Upon passing the bar exam, I started my Active Duty service in the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, I served in roles as a legal advisor to the base General and as a prosecutor, ultimately specializing in special victims' crimes. Currently, I prosecute crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse as part of the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office SVU. My wife and I have one child and two dogs.
Campaign Phone (816) 787-1570
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Education Juris Doctorate, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University
Community/Public Service Marine Executive Association, Deputy General Counsel University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member Hispanic Bar of Greater Kansas City, Board Governor
phone (816) 787-1570
1. Keep drinking water safe -It is important that residents of the water district continue to enjoy clean water when we open the tap and the same should be true for our children and grandchildren. As such, focusing on continuing to improve our standards is an initiative that will move the water district forward.

2. Maintain infrastructure - Current infrastructure must be evaluated to determine its lifespan and we need to anticipate growth in the size of the water district and the population. Having good clean water is useless unless we can properly distribute it to all the residents of the water district. In order to ensure proper distribution, we must focus on infrastructure.

3. Ensure affordability of water - Clean water must be accessible by all residents of the water district.
As an attorney, I am trained and qualified to interpret, create, and execute policy. The WaterOne board is a policy board. The board looks at the 40-year plan and aims to be proactive in anticipating infrastructure and capacity needs. My time as a prosecutor and a legal advisor uniquely position me to provide informed and reasoned input on decisions made by the water board, which ultimately affect all residents of the water district. If elected, I would be the only lawyer on the WaterOne board. I also believe that diversity of opinions and life experiences are important. As a veteran of the Marine Corps and as a Latino I will bring a new perspective to the board.
My primary focus as a WaterOne board member would be the consumer. As a consumer of WaterOne water myself, I understand the importance of access to clean water at affordable rates. Clean water is a precious asset that should be available to all members of the water district. To ensure fairness and equity in the WaterOne rate structure I will listen to the consumer, develop concise reports of anticipated expenses, and advocate for the best rate possible for all.
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