Joe Reardon, the two-term mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this spring.
"It was not an easy decision. I have enjoyed serving the last eight years as Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas," Reardon said in a letter Wednesday. "Together, we have accomplished so much and have moved this community forward. I truly believe we are stronger than we have ever been and on a trajectory for further success."
Reardon said his decision to not run for a third term was tough, but it was a personal choice.
"I have a family at home that I love very much. It is important to me that I spend more time with them," he said "My two sons are growing up much too quickly. Amy has been so supportive of my endeavors as mayor at every step."
As mayor, Reardon said there is much work to be done but he is confident that "great people" will step forward to lead the community.
"I know that our citizens will select elected officials that will carry forward the progress that has been made and build upon it to address the kinds of issues important to our citizens and families," he said. "My passion for this city and county is as strong as ever. I am certain there will be opportunities for us to work together for the betterment of our community."
Reardon said he is looking forward to the future challenges and opportunities that will come his way. In an interview with KCTV5, he left the door open to seeking a higher office in the future.
He talked about the success of his administration, including economic development in west KCK, and the disappointments, such as the city's crime rate.
"To break the cycle of poverty, we need to make sure that we're providing real opportunities to our kids," Reardon said. "You can create 4,000 jobs in a high-tech field like Cerner does, but if we're not also educating our children to seize those opportunities, and those kind of opportunities you can raise a family on, then we're gonna miss the mark."
Reardon's term ends in April.
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