Why I’m running
This is the most significant city election in a generation. Kansas City’s potential has never been greater than it is right now, but continuing the momentum will be tough—and requires someone with the experience to see it through.
First, we need to keep the public trust, honoring the $6 billion this community has committed and competently and correctly finishing what was started: KCI, the infrastructure repairs using the GO bonds, the streetcar. But it also means fairly allocating our resources to lift all our regions and neighborhoods—including those that have felt left behind.
It starts with taking care of our own house and confronting our chronic issues. The crime rate is a national embarrassment and education continues to be a challenge. The mayor must draw on the assets of government, nonprofits and the business community to make an impact using a multi-dimensional approach.
I also want to work to create opportunities for all our communities, linking arms with neighborhood leaders and business leaders, to build a city my children will want to return to.
We need to take advantage of our resources, like our geographic location and our natural surroundings. We’re a logistical juggernaut no other city can match; we’re in the heart of a valuable animal health corridor. We need to be selling our city to the country and to the world, but we need a tested and proven leader, focused on Kansas City and not the next job.
So much is about striking the right balance, but through the proper experience and leadership, we’ll build new connections to lead our city forward.
Led MoDOT – an entity larger than the City – for 7 years as a member and two-term chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
- Saved taxpayers $600 million
- Oversaw $6 billion in infrastructure improvements
- Brought back millions of dollars to Missouri from Washington, D.C.
- Launched innovative transportation solutions through the “Road to Tomorrow” initiative
- 35 years in construction law, solving major construction and infrastructure issues
- Co-founded Miller Schirger law firm
- Rockhurst High School
- University of Notre Dame, undergraduate, graduate and law
Passion for KC
A lifelong KC resident, civic leader and business owner, Steve’s dedication to giving back has been a driving force in his life for decades.
- Helped to found Turning Point in 2001, a nonprofit providing services to those suffering from chronic illness, after supporting his wife through her battle with breast cancer.
- Worked with Christmas in October since its founding 33 years ago to improve the homes of the low-income, elderly and disabled.
- Supported Cristo Rey High School to provide education for low-income students.
- Served refugees, poor and elderly at The Don Bosco Centers.
- Mentored Kansas City youth as a soccer coach for 12 years after playing Division I soccer at Notre Dame.
- Recognized as “Kindest Kansas Citian.”
- Engaged in his faith community at Visitation Catholic Church but respectful of all people of good will.