Well, the mayor's race is starting to heat up and a group of six is vying for the office. Who are these people anyway? As a public service, The Observer will provide a run down for you all.
Mike Burke is running. He has been involved in the Kansas City political scene for many years, including service on the City Council. His website is www.mikeburkeformayor.com.
Deb Hermann is running. She is on the City Council now, representing the Northland. Before her city council election, Ms. Hermann was involved in the PTA and Community Planning. Her website is www.debhermannforkansascity.com.
Leonard Jonas Hughes is running. He is the youngest of the candidates. He has been serving as one of Kansas City's representatives to the State House in Jeff City. He has a facebook page, link here.
Sly James is running. He's a lawyer, with his own firm. He has also had a lot of involvement in the community, including serving on the Economic Development Corporation in KC and is presently involved with working with enterprise zones. He doesn't have a formal candidate website, but his bio can be found here.
Jim Rowland is running for mayor. He also has been involved in KC politics for many years, including time on the city council, and working with the Sports Commission. His website is http://jimrowland.com/
The incumbent is Mark Funkhouser, elected in 2007. Mayor Funkhouser was elected after serving as the city's auditor. He works closely in the mayor's office with his wife Gloria Squitiro. He has a website that he uses for his lecture business that voters might find interesting, www.markfunkhouser.com. Other mayoral musings can be found on the city's website www.kcmo.org.
Kansas City's mayor race is nonpartisan--that means the candidates run without R and D behind their names. There will be a primary late February 2011. The top two vote getters will then run again for a vote March 22, 2011. There has already been lots of news with regard to the race, but most of it has been pretty "inside baseball", confined to blogs like Tony's Kansas City. With news of Deb Hermann's good polling numbers, watch for the mayor's race to start hitting the mainstream media sources on a more regular basis.
(Pictures from the various websites, except the last, which is from the Wall Street Journal)