Jason Kander likely to run for Kansas City mayor

June 22, 2018 - 6:03 am

The crowded race for Kansas City mayor is expected to add a high-profile name. 

Multiple sources say former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander is expected to announce his intention to run for mayor next week. Kander, 37, has been working to build his profile as a voting rights advocate and a rising star on the national Democrat scene. 

Kander lost a close race for U.S. Senate in 2016, coming up less than 3 percentage points short of incumbent Roy Blunt. Kander has also served two terms in the Missouri House.

A native of Overland Park, Kander's resume also includes a stint with the U.S. Army. He enlisted after 9/11 and volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan after graduating from law school at Georgetown.

Some had expected Kander to run for president in 2020. His announcement to run for mayor would put that speculation to rest.

There are eight other candates for mayor in 2019; city councilmembers Alissia Canady, Jolie Justus, Jermaine Reed, Scott Taylor and Scott Wagner, and businesswoman Rita Berry, attorney Steve Miller and businessman Phil Glynn.

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