According to write-in candidate Larry Gardner,
he wants to bring fairness to the assessors
I decided to enter the assessor's race
because I was looking for a job that would require
fairness as a
primary requirement, and this is the place where
fairness is always an issue, said Gardner.
Gardner has business ownership and management
experience operating a restaurant, coffee shop
and a Merry Maids Franchise. He also worked as
a realtor for several years.
The knowledge gained as a realtor gives
me the basis for property appraisal and assessment,
If elected to office, Gardner hopes to create
a greater communication with the community, have
an Inter Agency cooperation city the city and
county, and emphasize employee fairness in the
I would hope if elected I could help better
inform taxpayers of all aspects of the assessor's
Larry and his wife Farra have been married for
35 years, and have raised two children. They moved
to Platte City three years ago, but lived in Kansas
City for several years. His career spans 42 years
with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
as a conductor.
Gardner has gained leadership skills by representing
members of The United Transportation Union as
local chairman. He also served as secretary and
Gardner attended Northeast Missouri State (Truman),
and is a Vietnam era veteran.
According to Gardner, the number one thing for
voters to remember is to utilize their freedoms.
I would just like for everyone to vote
in the November 2nd election, we have a great
country and should vote to protect every one of
our freedoms, said Gardner.
Challenging Gardner is 48-year-old Lisa Pope,
who has worked in the assessors office since
the age of 19.
Pope, a Republican, has worked for the last three
assessors, as well as at an office in Mesa County,
Colorado. She has served as the Platte County
chief deputy assessor for the last 13-years.
According to Pope when current Platte County
Assessor Chris McQuitty decided to step down from
office, she made the decision to take the next
Ive been in the office for the last
15-years and when McQuitty decided not to run,
I decided it was time to step up, said Pope.
She is bringing many goals for the office along
If elected Pope, carries the goal of making the
assessors office public records available
to the citizens via the Internet.
I want to let the citizens of Platte County
know more about whats going on, said
Pope. We still have to abide by state laws,
but I want the office to be more public friendly.
For Pope accessibility to the public is a key
I want everybody to feel like they can
come in and talk to me.
Pope also stated she wants to keep updating the
computer system, have the employees continue their
education, and purchase better software for the
GIS system (which prepares the maps for county
Pope, now a resident of Dearborn, was raised
in the southern portion of Platte County and graduated
from Park Hill High School.