KCUR News
6:54 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Funkhouser Enters Mayor's Race

Kansas City, MO – Another person with strong ties to local government is joining the race for Kansas City mayor. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Mark Funkhouser retired as city auditor on Friday, and today he announced he's looking for another job at city hall mayor. Funkhouser has been a critic of Kansas City's growing debt, much of that for downtown development. He says the city needs to be a better job of providing basic city services and stop focusing on large projects aimed at making the city world class.

Funkhouser: "I'd like for us to be metropolitan class. You know, the heck to competing with Paris. I'd like us to compete more effectively with Prairie Village."

Funkhouser faces a crowded field including five city council members, former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields, and a handful of business people.