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High School administrator David Alvey unseats Kansas City, KS Mayor Mark Holland

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David Alvey upset Mark Holland on Tuesday. (KCTV5) David Alvey upset Mark Holland on Tuesday. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV/AP) -

For the first time since 1995, an incumbent mayor has failed to win re-election in Wyandotte County.

High school administrator David Alvey unseated Mark Holland, the mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS.

Alvey won 9,484 votes to Holland's 8,672 on Tuesday.

Holland says his opponent did a "better job" at getting supporters to the polls. He also pledged to assist Alvey in a smooth transition to the mayor's office. Besides working for Rockhurst High School, Alvey also is director of the Board of Public Utilities.

“Well, honestly, I’m feeling really tired right now," Alvey said. "But I’m feeling confident and I’m looking forward to this opportunity and when I give myself the chance I’m excited about what I think we can accomplish.” 

Property taxes have been a frequent complaint, and Alvey had criticized Holland for making only modest reductions in property taxes during the last two years. Another issue was that under Holland and his two predecessors, new projects and attractions have popped up in western Wyandotte County. But development has languished east of Interstate 635.

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