TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! IT'S OFFICIAL!!! SCHOOL BOARD DUDE CRISPIN REA ANNOUNCES KANSAS CITY 3RD DISTRICT AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL RUN!!!
Kansas City School Board Vice Prez Crispin Rea starts his campaign for City Council with an impressive showing of support out of the gate.
To wit . . .
KCPS SCHOOL BOARD VICE PREZ CRISPIN REA ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE 3RD DISTRICT AT-LARGE WITH SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE CITY!!!
Better still . . .
Read the language closely and it's kind of a unity campaign that he's running . . .
Even better . . .
KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND POWER PLAYER BILL SKAGGS THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND CRISPIN REA FOR CITY COUNCIL!!!
Organizers for Freedom, Inc. have already confirmed their opposition but it's clear that Rea is already out to an early lead just minutes after his official announcement.
For more info, here's his website: https://crispin4kc.nationbuilder.com/
Check the presser . . . FIRST on TKC . . .
SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHAIR CRISPIN REA ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR KANSAS CITY COUNCIL
Gomez, Skaggs, and West provide early support for Rea’s unifying, grassroots campaign and aggressive commitment to overcoming division
Kansas City, MO – Today Crispin Rea, Jr., Vice-Chair of the Kansas City Missouri Public School Board of Directors, announced his candidacy for the Kansas City Council, Third District At-Large.
“Kansas City is poised to become a leading center for economic growth and innovation,” said Rea. “But without strong, visionary leadership that’s ready to listen, learn, and,form a long-term plan for our City’s shared success, our challenges stand to derail our many opportunities. That’s the kind of leader I have been on the School Board, and that’s the type of leader I will be on the City Council if I am given the opportunity to serve.”
Born and raised in Kansas City’s Third District, Rea, 28, is the youngest member ever elected to the Kansas City Missouri Public School Board of Directors, where he began serving in 2010. He serves as the Board’s Vice-Chair until his term expires in early 2014.
“Crispin represents one of our City’s best opportunities for job growth and economic development in each council district, not just for minority business owners, but for all business owners,” said Carlos Gomez, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. “I am proud to provide my strong endorsement for Crispin’s candidacy, because our City needs leaders committed to learning from our business and labor communities how it can become the best engine for economic growth possible. That’s what Crispin will do, and that’s why I support him.”
“I’m committed to running a campaign that recognizes that, while our current state of dynamic economic growth is not widely shared across racial, geographic, and socio-economic lines, we must work with our business and labor communities to find better solutions to our growing inequality,” said Rea. “I am proud to have the early support of such well respected, innovative leaders like my good friend Carlos Gomez.”
“The Third District needs strong leadership to overcome our racial and geographic divisions, creating long-term partnerships for shared economic prosperity and a safer city for all of us,” said Rep. Bonnaye Mims, former Hickman Mills School Board President and AFSCME Local 1812 member. “I am inspired by Crispin because of his commitment to blurring the lines of antiquated separation by giving everyone an opportunity to be heard and to be represented.”
“This city still has problems dividing itself north from south, east from west, not focusing on common problems and shared opportunities” said Bill Skaggs, former Northland Kansas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem. “Having seen first-hand the unifying, experienced leader Crispin has consistently shown himself to be, I am confident that he will lead on day one, helping to bridge our divides and build coalitions around a shared vision.”
“My campaign will transcend the false dichotomies of a city divided, while recognizing that Kansas City can only reach its potential by overcoming its historic racial, geographic, and socio-economic divisions,” said Rea. “That is why I am honored to have the friendship and encouragement of two bridge-builders across race and region, Rep. Bonnaye Mims, a true champion of equality, and Bill Skaggs, a respected Northland leader and statesman.”
"I have had the opportunity to serve as the Third District's PIAC representative, as Vice President of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, as the Third District’s NTDF
Representative, and am currently a member of Morningstar Baptist Church’s Redevelopment Board,” said Airick West, KCMSD School Board President. “Having worked with Crispin, I am convinced he is what the Third District needs.”
“I look forward to listening to the many concerns and ideas, challenges and best-practices of our neighborhood groups, business owners, faith communities, and civic activists alike,” said Rea. “I am convinced that, as Kansas Citians, we all share core aspirations and values. As an at-large councilperson, I will identify those values and fight tirelessly to see our shared aspirations realized.”
Kansas City’s Third District At-Large is currently represented by Councilwoman Melba Curls, who is barred from seeking reelection by Kansas City’s term limits. Pending Charter Changes, the Third District At-Large primary election will take place in February 2015.
Crispin Rea’s candidacy seeks to move Kansas City forward from an era of division into a time of shared prosperity. His campaign is rooted in the idea that Kansas City cannot reach its full potential until all share in its abundant successes. That’s why his focus is on listening, first and foremost, to the many and diverse voices of people and organizations he seeks to represent. Detailed information about Crispin’s campaign and background can be found at https://crispin4kc.nationbuilder.com/.