The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

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Eleven candidates in the primary for Kansas City mayor.

Two women.

Four black.

One openly LGBT candidate.

Five white men, with two of them named Scott.

No candidates who are Latino, Asian or Native American.

While the field of candidates isn’t representative of the city’s demographics, that still doesn’t ignore that demographics are an element in the decision-making.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver remembers running for mayor as the city’s first black mayor. He won and served from 1991 to 1999. He says race will be a less significant factor today than it was then. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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