2021 general election forum: Overland Park mayor

Overland Park mayor

Overland Park mayoral candidates Mike Czinege (left) and Curt Skoog (center) debated more than a dozen topics during a public forum Tuesday night at the Blue Valley Conference Center in south Overland Park. Post editor Kyle Palmer (right) moderated the event. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Resident satisfaction, a property tax increase to fund public safety, how to address housing affordability and partisanship in the current campaign, were all among the topics touched upon Tuesday night in the Post’s forum featuring two candidates vying to become Overland Park’s next mayor.

Long-standing mayor Carl Gerlach is stepping down after 16 years in office, and two men are competing to replace him on the Nov. 2 ballot.

They are current City Council President Curt Skoog and businessman and political newcomer Mike Czinege.