David W. Dickey
Serving our unique, wonderful City this past decade has been an honor. I was recruited to be Treasurer by former Mayor Fromm in 2005, and have been privileged to represent all Mission Hills residents on the City Council since 2007. We have a fabulous, small community. We do many things well and have wonderful volunteers and staff who help make that a reality every day. We also have continuing opportunities and challenges. My focus as mayor would be consistent with my service on Council:
1) creating better balance for residents impacted by construction (particularly parking!) and residents looking to redevelop and/or enhance their property,
2) continued fiscal discipline, and
3) maintaining excellence in public safety, services, and green space. We live in a special community. Other small communities around us have struggled mightily at times. We are far from perfect, but I hope to make us better every day and keep Mission Hills the best small community in Kansas City.
City Council Candidates
Bill Bruning was appointed to the City Council in May and is now running for a full term. He is currently president of Tomahawk Road Homes Association. During his 13 years in Mission Hills he served on the Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission. Holding BS, MBA and law degrees from the University of Kansas, Bill is a health care and real estate attorney. Active in the community, he is currently board chair of UMKC’s department of Architecture and Urban Planning and previously served as board president of Truman Medical Center and REACH Healthcare Foundation. He believes the City has been well run and open to citizen engagement; his goal is to protect our housing investment by maintaining the City’s traditional standards and focus on three issues he has heard from residents:
• Protecting Mission Hills’s unique sense of place while accommodating changes in building patterns,
• Maintaining open spaces and tree canopies,
• Increasing accessibility to the City’s amenities and surrounding resources.
Barbara Nelson has lived in the City for over 25 years and served on City Council for eight. She worked in public relations and as a journalist in London for Business Week. Barbara served as the first woman chair of KCPT, chaired CCVI and held executive positions on Starlight Theater, Kansas City Convention Association and Kansas City Sports Commission with an emphasis on women and girls in sports. Presently is the Honorary Consul for Slovenia and on the Advisory Board of the KU school of Languages Literature and Cultures. Honors include the Yates Medallion for public service, Honorary Doctorate from St Mary’s University and UMKC Kreamer Award. As a Council member she proposed a Professional Review Panel for new construction and championed recycling with Coffee and Compost meetings. She cares deeply about the integrity of Mission Hills and is an outspoken voice addressing drainage problems, street maintenance and safety. The grandmother of five she feels that preserving the City’s heritage and beauty is the finest legacy we can leave.
Charles and his wife, Amy, have only lived in Mission Hills since 2014 but have grown to love this tight-knit community. Charles’ main objectives for the city include a focus on infrastructure, proper maintenance of city services and appropriate application of tax dollars. Charles is a small business owner, Image360, and supports local not-for-profits such as Sleepyhead Beds, Kansas City Games for Good and Growing Futures Early Education Center. He earned a BA degree from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from Clemson University. Charles and Amy live on Tomahawk Rd with their two young daughters, Ryan and Eleanor.