Henry Carner of Kansas City is a Democratic candidate for the 22nd District. Carner, 65, is a retired fire captain of the Independence Fire Department.
Henry Carner of Kansas City is a Democratic candidate for the 22nd District. Carner, 65, is a retired fire captain of the Independence Fire Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
He was awarded the key to the city of Independence for outstanding service in 1979. A Vietnam War veteran, he also was awarded “Airman of the Year” in the United States Air Force Reserves in 1978.
Why are you running for office in the 22nd District?
Redistricting done every 10 years created new Representative District 22. Voters deserve a choice. I offer my lifetime of public service and leadership to serve our new district. I am a retired Independence Fire captain with 40 years of faithful service to our community, with a BA in representation. I am a Vietnam veteran and retired Master Sergeant.
What do you think are the top three key issues in your district?
1. Improving education for our community; 2. Creating good paying jobs; and 3. Making our neighborhoods safe. Another important issue is to listen, investigate and get back with people in the district after sincerely trying to find the answer or solution to their needs. I want to put the service back into the office of public servant.
How do you anticipate balancing two communities with different interests – eastern Kansas City and western Independence – in the state legislature?
The interests are really similar. People are people, regardless the area. Both communities want good paying jobs, to protect their property values, give their children good educations and live safely in their neighborhoods. I will be a strong voice for everyone in the district. I will return the phone call of every person in my district and address their concerns.
What do you think the state can do to spur economic development in the 22nd District?
The district is part of the metro area. The more attractive our area is for job creators, the greater chance we have of improving our local economy. We have to find answers to curb crime and stop random violence. Small businesses need a safe environment, good school system, competent work force, tax/policy relief and inducements to expand/relocate to the district.