Development incentives and tax breaks will be key issue in Overland Park mayor’s race

Kansas City, Missouri, in 2007 had a mayoral race where development incentives emerged as a central issue. Almost a decade later, it will be Overland Park’s turn.

Charlotte O’Hara, a former Kansas House Representative, filed last week to run for Overland Park mayor in a race that will pit her against three-term incumbent Carl Gerlach.

It will mark Overland Park’s first competitive mayoral race since 2005, which started Gerlach’s first term as mayor after defeating Neil Sader in the general election that year.

Gerlach, who took over for Ed Eilert after 24 years as Overland Park’s mayor, won subsequent four-year terms without a challenger in 2009 and 2013.

O’Hara said ending development incentives will be a priority in her campaign.

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