I don’t usually address politics on my blog, but decided to write about each candidate running for the open seat on the Kansas City MO school board: Gunnar Hand and Stephen Himes. Full disclosure up front–I know Gunnar as I serve with him on the Armour Hills Homes Assn board, and Stephen Himes teaches at St Teresa’s Academy, where my daughter attends school. I am not endorsing one candidate over the other. My approach to this blog was to ask each candidate the same four questions, and write the answers as spoken.
A short background regarding this election: When former board member Derrick Ritchie moved to Nashville, a special election was needed to fill his position. The term of this new board member will end in 2014. There are nine members of the Kansas City School Board, and this seat represents the 2cd subdistrict. The rough boundaries are Troost, 85th St, State Line Rd and Brush Creek. It is not a paid position. Two days ago I published the interview with Stephen, today’s post is about Gunnar.
Gunnar Hand grew up in Kansas City, attending parochial schools. He lives in Armour Hills and has his own design/consulting firm, MOCK Studio. His wife Ashley is the chair of Friends of Hale Cook, a local organization dedicating to reopening Hale Cook Elementary. You can read more about Gunnar’s background here. This interview took place on Oct 24, 2012. Continue reading