TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! DERRON BLACK WANTS TO RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS OF KANSAS CITY VOTERS
Derron Black was cheerful, energetic, affable and almost soft-spoken at a recent Kansas City political forum held at the Bluford Library.
With voter turnout at around 10% in the last Kansas City election, it's clear that politics as usual won't persuade the people of Kansas City - To that end, Derron Black hopes that attempting to touch the hearts and minds of local voters might awaken the local electorate from their malaise.
"In this community and all over the city actually, there seems to be a general sense that residents don't have a voice that will be heard by our elected officials," Derron Black said. "We hope to host more of these community forums and conversations so that people will have an opportunity to be heard and so that we know what's really important to the people of Kansas City."
Today, Derron Black entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges stemming from a disruption of the State Of The City Speech by Mayor Sly James.
I asked Mr. Black about the incident and recalled that I had noticed he was visibly upset at the outset of the Mayor's remarks. He offered some important insight into the events of that day and provided some interesting detail regarding the Section 3 office next door at the Lincoln Building that is soon to undergo a great deal of upheval. Moreover, he spoke to the attitude that he witnessed that day which evoked his interruption.
Derron Black: "It was just hard to see all of the palm-pressing, smiles, and upbeat jazz music while the surrounding community faces dire economic circumstances."
Again, it's important to note that Mr. Black has apologized to the Mayor and the public for his interruption of the State Of The City Speech and he seems committed toward building on his previous record of community involvement. When asked if he's doing a sort of "re-branding" effort, Mr. Black noted his previous work in local politics.
Derron Black: "It's not about re-branding, it's about continuing the work that we've been doing and helping voices outside of the political mainstream to be heard."
In that spirit, the overwhelming support of outsider and somewhat controversial Missouri political candidate MD Alam makes sense.
Finally, I finished a quick interview with Derron Black by noting that Mayor Sly James raised more than $1 million in his previous campaign and will certainly have a fundraising advantage for his next Mayoral run. In Kansas City, money rules politics, Mr. Black paused a moment to reflect and offered this response:
"If I wanted to be a traditional candidate and work as part of the establishment then that might be a problem," Mr. Black said. "But what we're hoping to do is raise the level of consciousness among all of the people of Kansas City. We want to work to make everyone in this city realize that they have a voice that deserves to be heard."
At the conclusion of the interview near Prospect Ave., Derron Black was greeted time and again by enthusiastic voters despite the low turnout numbers.
DEVELOPING . . .