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Kansas City Mayoral Candidates: Jim Rowland

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Kansas City mayoral candidates speak with FOX 4 News about how they would conduct city business if elected.

Every day a new candidate will appear on FOX 4's Morning Show, and later their segment will be added to this story.

The candidates vying for mayor in Kansas City are listed below.

MIKE BURKE

  • Mike Burke, 61, received his bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University. In the 1980s, he served on the City Council. In 2005, he founded the annual July 4 Riverfest celebration.

MARK FUNKHOUSER

  • Mark Funkhouser, 61, is currently the mayor of Kansas City, elected in 2007. Prior to his mayoral responsibilities, Funkhouser was a well-respected auditor for 18 years in the City Hall. He prides himself in restoring Kansas City's finances.

DEB HERMANN

  • Deb Hermann, 56, ran for City Council in 2003. In 2007 she won re-election and was named chairwoman of the council's finance and audit committee. She's known for being passionate about neighborhoods community activities.

HENRY KLEIN

  • Henry Klein, 48, has lived in Kansas City for 25 years. Born in Memphis, he graduated from the University of Indiana with a business marketing degree. He currently oversees his own investment fund. Klein ran for mayor in 2007, and says he is passionate about volunteering. His campaign is centered on implementing creative ideas to solve some of the city's problems.

SLY JAMES

  • Sly James, 59, grew up in Kansas City and before going to college, was enlisted for a short time in the United States Marines. He is a Rockhurst University graduate and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. If elected mayor, James says he would work to unite City Hall in order that it is more efficient and effective.

JIM ROWLAND

  • Jim Rowland, 49, is a Rockhurst University graduate, and for a time taught middle school students at University Academy. From 1999 to 2006, Rowland served on the Kansas City Council, representing the 4th District.

CHARLES WHEELER

  • Charles Wheeler dropped out of the race February 16, 2011 and endorsed Mike Burke. Wheeler was Kansas City's mayor in 1971. He held that position until 1979 and in 2002 was elected to the Missouri Senate, where he served one term. Wheeler says if elected mayor, the city would benefit from his legislative connections throughout Missouri.
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