KCK mayoral candidates debate all the way to the finish line

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Voters head to the polls in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

They will be choosing a new mayor in an election that offers a real choice this year.

For years, Mayors Carol Marinovich and Joe Reardon virtually ran unopposed.

But this week, voters will be picking between two commissioners -- Mark Holland and Ann Murguia -- who many residents are learning about for the first time.

Holland has been a preacher at Trinity Community Church, a United Methodist Congregation, since 1999.

Murguia has worked for nonprofit organizations since 2000.

Insiders say Holland knows how to build consensus and will keep the former mayors' economic momentum out west at the Legends and beyond.
"If we want to continue what's built out west and in the urban core development, then we need to stay on track, and I think I represent that," Holland said after his last debate with Murguia on Wednesday.

But others say Murguia can bring about change -- like bringing new grocery stores to KCK neighborhoods considered food deserts.

"What you need to do is create retail where people who live in the area can shop and spend dollars so they can sustain it over time," Murguia said.
Both have also talked about the need to lower what many consider too-high property taxes.

Polls open Wednesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

41 Action News will be covering both candidates Wednesday night.

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