Overland Park mayor candidates differ in stances on COVID-19 and vaccines — see what each says

City councilmember Curt Skoog, left, says he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has openly encouraged eligible residents to get vaccinated, too. Skoog's opponent Mike Czinege, right, says he has not been vaccinated and has natural immunity from a previous COVID-19 infection and that getting vaccinated is a matter of individual choice. File images.

Beliefs about masks, COVID-19 vaccines and what is an appropriate government response to the pandemic have come to the forefront of the race for Overland Park mayor as the election enters its final days.

Though Johnson County cities have generally not been principal players in the region’s COVID-19 response, candidates Mike Czinege and Curt Skoog have found themselves answering questions on the subject with Election Day on Nov. 2 looming and advance voting already underway.