Rhoads running for 2nd term as mayor

rpulley@lsjournal.comApril 8, 2013 

Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads will seek a second term, making the announcement to the Journal April 8.

“I’m letting people know I’m going to run for mayor,” Rhoads said in an interview. He said that while the campaign won’t start for a long time, there were rumblings about his future plans so he wanted to let people know.

“In other words, my wife said it’s OK,” Rhoads said.

Filing for the Lee’s Summit municipal offices begins Dec. 17 to Jan. 21, 2014. The election will be April 8, 2014.

Rhoads served 12 years as a council member, first elected in 1998. He won the office from long-time Mayor Karen Messerli in April of 2010.

During his first term the city has coped with an at-best stagnant economy and an expensive $15.5 million court settlement. That resulted in the city losing it Aaa bond rating. He said that during those difficulties the city managed its resources efficiently.

“I’m hoping I’ll get credit for bringing stability to the mayor’s office,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads said he hopes to lead the city in a recovering economy where the city’s housing starts rebound.

“It adds a level of excitement to a community, and people look forward to being in that community,” he said.

Rhoads said he’s never been an “in your face” leader and expects to continue that style. “I act when I think it’s necessary,” Rhoads said. “I’ll push, but a lot of times I’ll do it behind closed doors.”

Terms also will end for council members Kathy Hofmann, Ed Cockrell, who are term limited can’t run for those seats. They could run for the other district seat in 2016.

The seats of District 4 Councilmember David Mosby and District 2 Councilmember Brian Whitley also will be open. Because of redistricting, Whitley would have to file for the open District 1 seat if he wants to run for council member.

Rhoads said he wants to work closely with the University of Central Missouri to help it establish a bigger footprint in Lee’s Summit and with Metropolitan Community College-Longview as it looks for new leadership with President Fred Grogan retiring.

He noted that next several years its likely that senior members of city staff also will be retiring and deciding who takes those positions will have a major affect on Lee’s Summit’s future.

“I’d like to be able to leave my fingerprints there and help in those decisions,” Rhoads said.

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