Tuesday, January 18, 2011

City Elections Bearing Down

City elections are coming fast, with the primary February 22nd and the final election March 22nd.

The filing deadline for the election is January 25, 2011, one week from today. If you want to be mayor or on the city council of Kansas City, Missouri, you need to bring some signatures to the City Clerk's office by that date.

If you want to be mayor, you need at least 1,000 KCMO registered voters to sign your petition, but no more than 2,500.

If you want to run in-district city council, you need at least 300 KCMO registered voters of the district you want to run in to sign, but no more than 750.

If you want to run at-large city council, you need at least 500 KCMO registered voters to sign, but no more than 1,500.

As of the most recent notation by the City Clerk, January 5th, we have five official mayoral candidates, and at least two for each city council position except for the 1st (both) and 2nd (in-district) which have only one each. Of the five official mayoral candidates, none of them is named Mark Funkhouser. I will assume that there have been changes in the 12 days or so since this list was completed, as candidates who are not on this list have been participating in forums and other events this month.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to get your act together! You have six days! Filing has been open since November 9th, 2010. Should I vote for you if you are struggling with this simple procedure, which checks both your organizational skills and your potential support?

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