KC City Council General Election is June 18, 2019 

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Accountability. Opportunity.

Progress for all.

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Accountability. Opportunity.

Progress for all.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS. CONTRIBUTE.

Make YOUR Voice Heard.

  What is the City failing to address?

  What issues are affecting you most?

  What concerns for the future do you have?

We need to make sure the issues important to you are being talked about. Fill out the form on the right to get started.

Make YOUR Voice Heard.

  What is the City failing to address?

  What issues are affecting you most?

  What concerns for the future do you have?

 

We need to make sure the issues important to you are being talked about. Fill out the form below to get started.

It’s time for new voices and new ideas on the City Council.

Hello, my name is Robert Westfall, and I want to thank you for taking time to learn more about me and the vision I have for this place we call home. What I hope you take away most from this site is how much I want to create a city government that serves ALL its citizens, and not just the well-connected or well-positioned. But I can’t do it alone, not by a long shot.

This campaign is about YOU.

I need your support, your questions, your concerns, and your IDEAS!

So, let’s get started.

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Why should you care if City Hall is working for your interests and being smart in how they do it?

Well, since you took the time to learn about me, I assume you already do feel city government is important. But just to make the point, while Washington gets most of the press, your life is most affected by the actions of local government.

Think about how every day you deal with the decisions made by your local government. Streets, sidewalks, crime, construction, taxes, utilities, natural resources, schools, economic development, jobs, and more. How much do you really know about how those decisions are being made? How often do you hear from City Hall officials, when they are not running for office? Are you really being kept up-to-date on the things that will be affecting you?

If you’re like most of us, the answers are you don’t hear from them very often, and your input is certainly not the driving force for how those big decisions get made. 

Why is that? Well, one reason is that as elected officials spend more years in office, they are saddled with all the deals and promises they made to special interests to help them win all those elections. At some point, these career candidates stop focusing on the needs of citizens and instead pay off their political debts. When that happens, it’s time to get the career politicians out of office so a clean slate can be formed.

How are we going to put the focus of City Hall back onto everyday citizens? (Tip: We’re gonna need to work together.)

Here’s our step-by-step plan to make City Hall work better for you:

 

  • Provide the public with more transparency as to how City Hall is making decisions, BEFORE they are made.
  • Stop “begging” big companies and out-of-town developers with incredibly generous and poorly thought-out tax incentives. KC has been on a roll for a decade, and while some say we shouldn’t stop momentum, fact is, we were always led to believe we would reach a point when the city’s success would sell itself. That time is now.
  • Every proposal and policy initiative brought before the Council will be judged on its merits and for it’s impact on the entire city, not just how it may benefit a select group of people.
  • Infrastructure and basic services that have been neglected for too long will be made a priority.
  • Disparities in economic opportunity and the lack of quality social services in some parts of the city must finally be given the top priority they so desperately need. We need to understand that we are one city and what happens to one of us, happens to all of us. Failing to solve these challenges means that more tax dollars are spent in the long run for less to show for it. We need to combine an empathetic mindset with intelligent solutions, and we need to start now.

What are we up against?

  • The aforementioned career politicians who have stopped serving you and instead are serving their political benefactors.
  • Those well-connected leaders of special interest groups, who are now collecting on those political debts.
  • People who think that progress comes from the outside, in the form of out-of-state developers or the mythical big corporate headquarter relocation. The reality is, there are plenty of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and hard-workers among us already. They just need our help to flourish.
  • We are up against a lack of vision. I believe that city government can and must be the laboratory and testing ground for new policies, for new solutions, and the catalyst for a new way of politics. Let the gridlock of Washington and Jefferson City be their undoing; but we at the local level can’t afford to kick the can down the road.
  • We must fight ambivalence and short-sightedness. Like I said earlier, what happens in one part of the city, affects us all. If even one child is being deprived of the chance to grow up in a safe neighborhood, with a quality school to attend, healthy food to eat, and a social support system to ensure she doesn’t fall through the cracks, then we as a city are an incredible failure. I refuse to let that happen, and expect you feel the same.

So how are we going to make this happen?

To bring about the type of positive change we seek in our city government, we must first and foremost recognize that while the tone and tenor of our politics has gotten incredibly corrosive over the past few years, when it comes to what we want for our community, we agree much more than any of us realize.

The disagreements often come from choosing HOW to make those desired outcomes a reality. And then sadly, when talk of political party is added, we rush to our political tribes and prepare to fight. 

Meaningful solutions do not come from such a combative posture, and I for one, am ready for a new political discourse, one in which ideas and proposals and policies are not viewed through a political lens, but rather judged on their own merits and for how they will serve the greater good of the city.

This may sound like wishful thinking, but if there ever was a time and place for such a well-functioning government, then that time is now, and our City Council can be that place. But only if you demand it of the powers that be. So join me in this endeavor and let’s really create something we can all be proud of and look to as a symbol of how self-government can work.

 

But I Need You to Make This Happen.

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As much as I want this campaign to be about ideals and the quest to create a more functional and responsive City Hall, I also have to be realistic that it will take money to get the word out and to give resources to those who want to volunteer on the campaign.

With that understanding, I ask for you to consider giving even just a little amount so that we can have a fighting chance against the powerful interests groups that want to keep the status quo in order to keep their candidates in office.

If you feel strong enough to make such a profound gesture of support, please do so with my deepest gratitude. Click on the button below to make a quick and secure donation.

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