Dale Walkup, president of the Blue Springs Board of Education, and Syed Asif, an executive of a Kansas City petroleum company and Pakistan native who lives in Lake Lotawana, are the Democratic candidates for the 31st Missouri House District, a new district.
Dale Walkup, president of the Blue Springs Board of Education, and Syed Asif, an executive of a Kansas City petroleum company and Pakistan native who lives in Lake Lotawana, are the Democratic candidates for the 31st Missouri House District, a new district which encompasses a square-shaped area in Blue Springs south of Interstate 70, west of Adams Dairy Parkway, slightly south of Colbern Road into Lee’s Summit and west through Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake.
Walkup’s responses are below. Asif did not respond to the questionnaire. The primary election is Aug. 7. The winner will run against the Republican winner, Sheila Solon or Chris Lievsay, for the seat on Nov. 6.
Walkup, 67, a resident of Blue Springs, is a small business owner and has spent 22 years on the Blue Springs Board of Education. He currently serves as president of the school board.
Why are you running for the 31st District seat?
I’m disappointed with the way things are going. More importantly, I am frustrated by the representation we have had in our district. We often complain about the way things are going. Instead of talking about it, I’m doing something about it.
You’ve been on the Blue Springs Board of Education for a number of years. How does that experience give you an advantage over your opponent?
I am already representing the people in District 31 with my service on the Blue Springs school board. No other candidate understands the efforts and goals like I do. No other candidate has been president of the Board of Education four times and been a member for 22 years. No other candidate has made policies that impact over 70,000 residents, 14,000 students and 2000 staff members each year.
Others support our schools when their own personal agendas are aligned. With my grassroots style, I have supported our students, families, staff and schools and done what was right. I have been the voice of the people regarding their most precious gifts, their children. In doing so, I have protected property values. Our highly rated school district is the No. 1 reason that people come to our community. No candidate in this race has impacted our community more in this area than I have.
What three areas would you focus on if you are elected?
We must be protected from the aftermath of the legislature’s action with regard to the Kansas City School District. I will work hard to stop ANY legislation that threatens the culture of the Blue Springs School District. Most don’t understand the impact that previously advocated legislation would have to our district’s culture and property values.
I will oppose any unfunded mandates that are passed. These are little more than a disguised tax increase and erode local control.
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What separates you from your opponent?
My past service separates me from my competitor. I have served this community in many ways for 35 years. I have a broad base of experience that is second to none. I am endorsed by Missouri Right to Life, Missouri NEA PAC, Missouri School Administrators PAC, and the Kansas City Star. My website is www.electdalewalkup.com