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Jason Kander confirms plans to run for Kansas City mayor

Kander was Missouri's secretary of state from 2013-17 and has often been cited as a future presidential candidate. (AP) Kander was Missouri's secretary of state from 2013-17 and has often been cited as a future presidential candidate. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A former Missouri state official and rising star in the Democratic Party has announced plans to run for mayor of Kansas City.

Jason Kander is planning a formal announcement of his candidacy Monday morning.

Kander, a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan, previously served Kansas City in the state legislature and was elected Missouri Secretary of State in 2012. 

“The next mayor has the opportunity to shape the future of Kansas City for generations,” Kander said. “I’m running because I am up for that challenge. I’m eager to take the reins on major issues that have developed in recent years – like building the new airport, implementing the infrastructure improvements voters approved through the GO Bonds, and expanding the streetcar. And I want to make sure we continue addressing critical issues like economic inequality, crime, inclusive housing and economic development, and access to a quality education for every child in the city." 

Kander also said he wants to tackle problems that aren’t talked about enough.

"Like the fact that too many streets in Kansas City aren’t well lit and are therefore less safe, and that too many residents don’t have convenient access to grocery stores, banks and other basic services. There should be more racial and gender equity in city contracts and programs. City services – from fixing bridges, roads and potholes to customer service across departments – can always be more efficient," he said.

Kander said under current Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ leadership, Kansas City has made great progress.

"And it is crucial that whoever follows him builds on that success. That isn’t a short-term project, so our city needs a mayor committed to the job for the long haul. If I’m elected, Kansas Citians can count on me to work tirelessly for them every day for four years, and, if they’ll have me, four more years after that," Kander said.

Kander lives with his wife, Diana, and four-year-old son, True, in south Kansas City. 

“Diana and I are proud to be raising our son as a sixth generation Kansas Citian. I want to do my part to make sure Kansas City is an even better place to live for him, and every other kid in our city, than it has been for my generation,” Kander said.


Here is a list of Kansas City, MO mayoral candidates:

  • Jason Kander
  • Quinton Lucas
  • Scott Wagner
  • Scott Taylor
  • Jermaine Reed
  • Alissia Canady
  • Steve Miller
  • Phil Glynn
  • Rita Berry

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