Special Interest Speaks Loud and Shows Which Candidates Can't Be Bought.
THE FACTS ARE IN! Special Interest shows us which Overland Park City Council Candidates will give them your tax money and which candidates can't be bought. Ward 6 is on the FOR SALE list.
Quotes from the SM Post. Entire article can be read HERE
"People should be aware that development interests have some dollars sunk into the city races, he said. “The money usually talks,” Glentzer said. “Is he (opponent Carignan) going to turn a blind eye to the fact that he took all this money from them and then he’s going to start voting against them? Common sense would probably say no.”
Pro-development interests are not the only ones to take notice. Some Overland Park council candidates have received support – although at a much lower dollar value – from individuals who have been frequent questioners of tax incentives. Holly Grummert, Dan Osman, Glentzer, Farassati and Scott Hamblin have each received $500 or less from people such as Bob Miller, Ralph Beck and Charlotte O’Hara, who often speak against incentives.
Those candidates, labeled by Farassati as “outside” candidates, indicate that Overland Park citizens want to “reform” their representation, Farassati said.
“We have started a movement,” he said. “The time to be mesmerized by lobbyists is over.”
"Records showed $1,250 in contributions to incumbent Terry Happer Scheier, $1,750 to incumbent Fred Spears and $1,850 to incumbent Richard Collins. Collins is opposed by Scott Hamblin, who recently won a court battle regarding eminent domain proceedings on his property. Neither Hamblin nor the other challengers showed any obvious contributions from real estate interests."
THESE CANDIDATES PROVE THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE:
WARD 1 - HOLLY GRUMMERT
WARD 2 - ROGER TARBUTTON
WARD 3 - STEPHAN GLETZER
WARD 4 - DAN OSMAN
WARD 5 - FARIS FARASSATI
WARD 6 - SCOTT HAMBLIN