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Updated: Feb 12, 2021

Please join us for a Waldo Tower Neighborhood Town Hall to Learn More about the April Election. More info to follow.

We'll hear directly from candidates asking for your vote to be a Kansas City Public School Board Member as well as experts from both sides of the Earnings Tax Renewal question (also known as the E-Tax).

This event will be available via ZOOM webinar. Questions can be asked in advance using this form:

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This will also be broadcast on our Facebook Page Live-

Download a sample ballot here:

Our Agenda will be as follows:

  • 7:00pm: Welcome from our sponsors and partners.

  • 7:05pm: KCPS School Board Candidate for Sub-District 5: Bruce Beatty

  • 7:10pm: KCPS School Board Candidate for Sub-District 5: Kandace Buckner

  • 7:15pm: KCPS School Board Candidate for Sub-District 5: Mark Wasserstrom (write-in)

  • 7:20pm: KCPS School Board Candidate At-Large: Pattie Mansur

  • 7:25pm: KCPS School Board Candidate At-Large: Tanesha Ford

  • 7:30pm: Questions for Candidates

  • 8:00pm: David Stokes with Show-Me Institute on why we should vote NO on the E-Tax Question

  • 8:15pm: Tammy Queen, Finance Director with the City Manager's Office, and Maurice Watson on why we should vote YES on the E-Tax Question.

  • 8:30pm: Questions for Presenters

About our E-Tax Experts:

David Stokes is a St. Louis native and a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and Fairfield (Conn.) University. He spent six years as a political aide at the St. Louis County Council before joining the Show-Me Institute in 2007. Stokes was a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute from 2007 to 2016. From 2016 through 2020 he was Executive Director of Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, where he led efforts to oppose harmful floodplain developments done with abusive tax subsidies. Stokes rejoined the Institute in early 2021 as the Director of Municipal Policy. He is a past president of the University City Library Board. He served on the St. Louis County 2010 Council Redistricting Commission and was the 2012 representative to the Electoral College from Missouri’s First Congressional District. He lives in University City with his wife and their three children.

Tammy Queen is the Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In that role, she is responsible for directing the operations of the Finance Department including accounting, budget, treasury management, economic development, and tax collection. Ms. Queen has nearly 26 years of experience with the City in various financial positions including serving as the City Treasurer for over five years and Cash Manager for nearly eight years.

Queen has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Maurice Alvin Watson, co-founder and principal of Credo Philanthropy Advisors, LLP, has more than 30 years of experience in law, social and public policy and board governance as a lawyer, advisor and board member. He has been a partner and chairman of the law firm of Husch Blackwell, which is among the 100 largest law firms in America, representing public and private schools and school systems and colleges and universities, education advocacy groups, education associations at the state and national levels. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the Kansas City community and in the nation, he is a frequent speaker before groups across the country and has been named among the 100 most influential leaders in Kansas City, among the 500 leading lawyers in America, and among the most influential Black lawyers in America.


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