David Alvey for Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas Unified Government

About

MAYORAL CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENT

My name is David Alvey, and I am running for the office of Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas.

I am a proud, unapologetic, fifth-generation Dotte, and I come from a long line of public servants. The Alvey family has served and continues to serve our community as police officers, school board members, City Council members, judges, leaders of neighborhood groups and civic organizations, church leaders, and as members of the former Shawnee Township Board. I currently serve as an at-large member of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, and as a member of the Turner Community Connection, and formerly served on the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Unified Government. In all of my responsibilities I have worked very hard to live up to the reputation earned by my family as honest, passionate and smart servants of the public good.

If elected Mayor I will bring that same passion for honest, smart government to the Unified Government. I will work constantly to make sure that our Unified Government simply does what any government should do: provide good services to its citizens without burdening them with unnecessary taxes, fees, or other costs. Our one goal must be to give our residents, each and every day, another reason to be proud of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. If we fail to work toward that goal then even more of our middle class will simply move away, and the community will simply wither away.

I ask my fellow proud citizens of the Dotte to give me a chance to do the good work that must be done for the families and neighborhoods of Wyandotte County. I would be humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Mayor.

DAVID’s VALUES

Family

David was born and raised in Wyandotte County, even raising his several children here in the Wyandotte community. Family is an important part of what motivated David to run for Mayor/CEO of KCK and Wyandotte County. David continues to serve our community as a husband, father, and a teacher. He shares the Wyandotte work ethic and our values of honesty, integrity, and hard work.

Fiscal Responsibility

David’s background in management and professional development will help him cut waste in government and provide quality services for all Wyandotte County residents. We all deserve a Mayor who will bring common sense leadership and fiscal responsibility back to City Hall. With all the positive growth and investment taking place in our community, David believes that we should take advantage of that new development and reinvest those revenues back into Wyandotte County.

Compassionate Leadership

David knows that the people of Wyandotte County are frustrated with business as usual at City Hall. As he speaks to people throughout the area, he has been listening. If elected as the next Mayor of Wyandotte County, David promises to listen. He’ll serve full-time as Mayor and focus on the needs of each and every taxpayer.

CURRICULUM VITAE

David Gibbs Alvey
Born May 3, 1960 in Kansas City, Kansas
Married to Ann Marie Menkal, July 11, 1992
Five children: Juliana (22), Christiana (21), Joseph (19), Mariana (16), Analisa (12)
Lives in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kansas

Professional Experience

My employment experiences since 1990 have been fundamentally entrepreneurial and administrative in nature. I have become adept at taking on undeveloped and underdeveloped (even chaotic) programs, and restructuring them so as to create sustainable programs that are formative of others. I have accomplished this through consistent, focused, and sustained conversations with stakeholders in the programs, affirming their good desires to succeed and providing necessary support. In short, I have an ardent desire to enter into any situation that is dysfunctional and work with others to improve it.

Employment History

2013- Present: Assistant Principal for Faculty Formation at Rockhurst High School in Kansas
City, Missouri.
Primary responsibilities include the development, implementation and evaluation of professional and spiritual development programs for Rockhurst High School faculty, staff and administration.

1994- 2013- Dean of Students at Rockhurst High School.
Primary responsibilities included the development, communication, and enforcement of student discipline and attendance.

1990-1994: Director, Student Support Program of Full Circle Programs, Inc., Marin County, CA.
Primary responsibilities included the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic and social support programs for students at risk of dropping out of the Tamalpais Union High School District.

Public Service Experiences

2015- Present: Member of the Board of the Turner Community Connection (a neighborhood business revitalization group).

2009- Present: Member of the Kansas City (Kansas) Board of Public Utilities. The Board of Public Utilities provides water and power to the residents of Kansas City, Kansas.
Board President: 2012-2014
Board Vice-President 2013-2014
Board Secretary 2012-2013
2011-Present: Regional Representative, Policymakers Council of the American Public Power Association, Crystal City, VA.

2003-2009: Member, Planning and Zoning Commission of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas

Areas of Expertise

As one responsible for the formation of others, whether adolescents or adults, I have grown to appreciate how important it is not only to listen to others, but to help them to listen to themselves, that is, to listen to their frustrations and problems, but also to their own good
desires, talents and gifts. In so doing an individual is progressively freed to make the good choices that they need in order to face their difficulties and thus to grow and succeed. This process is fundamental to the growth of any organization as well, for it is the individuals in an organization who either drive or impede its growth.

Education

1995-1997: Completed 15 (fifteen) hours of graduate work in Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

1988-1990: Completed 30 (thirty) hours of graduate work at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA.

1987: Completed 24 (twenty-four) hours of undergraduate work in secondary education at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

1985: Graduated, Summa Cum Laude, Philosophy and Letters, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

1984: Completed 30 (thirty) hours in humanities studies at Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

Formational Experiences

1980- 1990: In training for ordination to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church; member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Training in the Jesuits included a completion of a total of 184 (one hundred and eighty-four) hours of undergraduate coursework (including those listed above). Training also included:

  • annual eight-day spiritual retreats
  • one 30 (thirty) day silent retreat
  • in-house studies
  • Spanish language immersion at Universal Language Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • service to the community: four months teaching in Corozal, Belize; one year volunteer work with the staff at the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations; four months full-time work at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home in Denver, CO; two summers full-time work as a camp counselor at Camp Santa Maria, Bailey, CO; one summer as camp cook at Camp Buford, Alpine, WY; two years of ministry with Oakland CatholicCharities to the residents of the Alameda County Juvenile Detention Facility in San Leandro, CA; three years work as a teacher and coach at Rockhurst High School; one summer as recruiter and director of the Rockhurst Enrichment Program for inner-city boys

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