Lee’s Summit Councilmember Dave Mosby announced this week he’ll run for reelection.
He said District 4 voters should give him a second term because, “when I go to look at issues, I look at the whole community, and how it impacts the community as a whole.”
He said he thinks he does a good job of listening to and representing the people and businesses of Lee’s Summit.
He said his priorities are:
• Bringing good quality jobs to Lee’s Summit
• Fixing aging infrastructure
• Education by making decisions that support the community’s schools and foster businesses that support the STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Math) program
• Maintaining public safety departments at their “stellar” level.
Mosby is a corporate safety specialist with Burns & McDonnell, since April, and prior worked as Regional Safety Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
He earned a bachelor’s of science in Industrial Safety in 1985 from the University of Central Missouri. His community service includes the Planning Commission, LS 360 Committee, Lee’s Summit R-7 Boundary Study Team in 2008-09, Knights of Columbus-St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and host for seven foreign exchange students. Mosby and his wife Cheli have two children.
Mosby said he gets a lot of personal satisfaction from listening to people and making decisions.
“I’m really knowledgeable of the neighborhoods and how people feel,” Mosby said. “When somebody calls me, I get right on it. I think that’s one of the most sacred parts of my job, being there for the individual resident.”
Mosby said the city has “stellar” police and fire departments, so that area is a matter of maintaining services for residents.
In the area of infrastructure, Mosby said, he is interested in storm-water projects to stop neighborhood flooding and also in finding ways to improve congested intersections that interfere with economic growth.
That might be tricky, with a large list of needs and tight budgets for the city’s general fund, although it will have some bond capacity to borrow money for projects.
The city’s Budget Committee, (Mosby is a member) has to work on a predicted $1.7 million deficit for the city’s operating budget next fiscal year. Mosby said he’s against raising taxes at this time.
“I think many people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet,” Mosby said.
Mosby said he’s been a leader working on economic development, as chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee.
“I share credit with the other council members,” Mosby said. “That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve worked on with my fellow council members.”
He said together they’ve put on paper a vision for economic development and the “first leg” of a strategy. The committee now is deciding on key areas where the city will focus on supporting development, such as redevelopment of the Missouri 291 corridor, north and south, or new development at Interstate 470 and View High Drive or the Unity annexation area.
His website is www.davemosby.org.