Former KCK/Wyco CEO Joe Reardon would not say Wednesday if he'll endorse any candidate seeking to replace him.
Several sources, though, suggest Reardon backs Mark Holland, currently a member of the UG commission.
Holland, the senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, 5010 Parallel, confirmed his candidacy today.
Also saying she'll get in: Commissioner Ann Murguia who represents District 3 in the southeast corner of the county.
In a release, Holland, said, “After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to file for the Office of Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas."
Some sources said Wednesday they thought Reardon had waited to announce his decision not to run to clear a path for Holland, an allegation Reardon rejected. The filing deadline is Jan. 22.
Murguia, the executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, said she's getting a lot of early backing.
"It looks really good," Murguia told The Star. "I’m getting overwhelming support."
Sources say she and Reardon have clashed in the past.
Chris Steineger and David Haley told The Star they are thinking about it.
Nathan Barnes is already in.
Barnes, on Reardon: "He did a fair job. I would do some things different, and I do believe that the results would be better."
Another name that surfaced Thursday: veteran state Rep. Tom Burroughs, a Kansas City, Kan., Democrat, who is said to be considering a bid.