Name: June Bailey
Office Sought: Wichita City Council - District 4
Occupation: Former Executive Director of Community Housing Services, Inc.
Previous office experience: Appointed then Elected to the Citizens Participation Organization (CPO) board member; District Advisory Board member, Committee Precinct Person, Board of Parks Commission
Why are you running for office?: Because I know I can use my knowledge and experience to make a difference. I’ve always been passionate about people and this city. I have been encouraged by my family and many, many friends to run for this office. It is time in my life for me to do just that, to step up, take my passion, knowledge, and experience in the “for profit” & “not for profit” worlds, and the community and bring that to the City Council.
I will focus on one job, City Council. I have the business and financial experience and I understand the community needs. I have worked and volunteered in the community and have developed programs across Wichita and Kansas to improve citizens quality of life. I have 30 years experience in volunteering on boards and commissions for the city, county, School District and not for profits all across Wichita, while working full time. I have lived in the district for over 32 years and feel it’s time for me to take this step. I will be a voice for District IV.
What's your top priority if you are elected?: Working to improve the business environment so that we can increase good paying jobs while making sure we are controlling our spending. Our current economy has been a great eye opener for a lot of people. As a city, we should look at cutting back where we can to make sure that we don’t add to the citizen’s tax burden. So many families are faced with tough decision on paying bills and taking care of their families. Businesses have had to make the tough decisions and the city has to do their part.
Tell us one idea you have to save the city money: Address with staff the pros and cons at being self insured. With the changes that are coming with the new Health Care bill, those health care benefits become taxable to staff and will reduce their take home pay, otherwise known as their spendable income. If we can reduce the expense and keep the service level, we will be bringing down our cost and helping the families in our city at the same time. And we need to continue to find ways to outsource to local businesses work and services that we can in order to lower our expenses.