When Kansas City PBS and the Kansas City Public Library co-hosted a Kansas City mayoral forum, the two organizations limited participation to candidates that had reached at least 5 percent support in one independent public opinion poll prior to the March 20.
Three candidates in the 11-person field did not meet that threshold. But those three men — Henry Klein, Vincent Lee and Clay Chastain — showed up at the public forum, and Library Director Crosby Kemper III gave each of them three minutes to make their pitch to the audience prior to the start of the forum.
This year’s municipal elections in Kansas City, Missouri, promise sweeping political changes in the metropolitan area’s largest city. A new mayor and a host of freshmen council members will emerge when the final votes are counted in June. Kansas City PBS will focus its election coverage on three topics that these new elected officials will face: affordable housing, violent crime and business tax incentives. We will tell our stories from some of Kansas City’s most hard-pressed neighborhoods. Keep tabs on our coverage by following us on social at #WhoWillLeadKC.