High School administrator unseats Kansas City, Kansas, mayor

November 08, 2017 - 8:49 pm

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A high school administrator has unseated the mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports that David Alvey upset Mark Holland on Tuesday.

Holland says his opponent did a "better job" at getting supporters to the polls. He also pledged to assist Alvey in a smooth transition to the mayor's office. Besides working for Rockhurst High School, Alvey also is director of the Board of Public Utilities.

Property taxes have been a frequent complaint, and Alvey had criticized Holland for making only modest reductions in property taxes during the last two years. Another issue was that under Holland and his two predecessors, new projects and attractions have popped up in western Wyandotte County. But development has languished east of Interstate 635.

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