The Dotte


U.G. Commissioner Mark Holland Announces Candidacy for Mayor/CEO

As At-Large Commissioner, Holland is Prepared to Lead

Following the decision of Mayor Joe Reardon to not seek a third term as Mayor of Kansas City Kansas, Commissioner Mark R. Holland announced his candidacy for Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas today to a group of family members and close supporters.

“After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to file for the Office of Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas,” Holland said. “As a fourth generation native Dotte and a third generation pastor in KCK, I am passionate about the direction of our community.

It has been an honor and privilege to work with Joe Reardon the last 6 years in office.  I believe our whole community owes he and his family a debt of gratitude for their commitment to public service.  As we lose a phenomenal leader in Mayor Reardon , I believe it is essential for a strong voice of leadership to carry on the vision he has worked to develop with our community stakeholders.”

Holland, who has been an at-large Unified Government Commissioner since 2007, said he is committed to raising his family in a dynamic and growing Kansas City, KS. He’s served as Chairman of the Economic Development and Public Safety Standing Committees at the Commission and has been a key partner in assisting the mayor in bringing about a safer community and better paying jobs for the people of Wyandotte County. But he stressed that there is still a lot of work ahead.

“In the end, it is our responsibility to help the people of this community achieve a better quality of life,” Holland said. “I have worked tirelessly toward that goal and I see a lot of additional opportunities to bring people together for the betterment of our community. We can’t stop growing and looking forward.”

Holland said his service on the Commission in the at-large position has given him the opportunity to see “the big picture” when it comes to Wyandotte County. Having the ability to understand and represent the needs of the diverse Kansas City community will be a strong building block in Holland’s foundation for success as Mayor and CEO.

“Our community needs thoughtful, reasonable people to bring the kind of professionalism and service driven environment required of growing communities,” Holland said.  ”We need ethical, accountable leadership and I believe I have the experience, passion, and vision for our community that will enable us to go to even greater heights.”

Holland will engage in a vigorous door-to-door campaign to meet with the citizens he hopes to represent as Mayor/CEO. He said he will spend a lot of time listening to members of the community so he can better understand how to shape his policies so they might provide the most value for the people of the county. 

“I have a lot of listening to do on a lot of doorsteps. I want to thank the people  across Wyandotte County who have been so supportive of me and my family and I look forward to meeting more of the wonderful citizens and learning about their hopes and dreams for the future of Wyandotte County. Together, we can keep building a stronger community.”

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