Saturday, September 21, 2013
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! PREPARE FOR A KANSAS CITY LATINO RENAISSANCE ON THE CITY COUNCIL!!!
For more than 20 years Latinos in Kansas City have been without representation on the City Council despite the fact that numbers reveal this group to be the fastest and largest growing demographic in Kansas City proper.
Finally . . .
THE UPCOMING KANSAS CITY COUNCIL ELECTION WILL FEATURE AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF WELL QUALIFIED LATINO CONTENDERS THAT COULD REPRESENT A LATINO RENAISSANCE IN LOCAL POLITICS!!!
Better than rhetoric . . . We've got a preview and a bit of background on the contenders.
4th District Contender: Former Kansas City Parks Board Prez And Matthie Rhodes Center President & CEO John Fierro
He's an MBA and MPA and a longtime power player in Kansas City politics overall. Mr. Fierro is exceptionally shrewd for avoiding outright Latino advocacy and instead working in the field of social service for the benefit of his organization and his public profile.
Super Power: Among women, artists and all kinds of liberals The Mattie Rhodes Center is beloved for art-focused work which could play well in the 4th District race.
Weakness: The Ward Parkway Corridor power brokers and their deep pockets might not approve Mr. Fierro moving up in the world. Council Lady Jan Marcason has already anointed Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus as her favorite and "girl power" could thwart Latino progress. This wouldn't be the first time a white woman ruined the hopes and dreams of a Latino dude in hilarious fashion.
Next up . . .
Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz Already Works To Run The 5th District At-Large
JaxCo Politico Theresa Garza-Ruiz has worked tirelessly to secure her standing among the local Democratic elite . . . So much so that her personal life and all of her political moves are common knowledge. Ms. Garza Ruiz is already shacking up with Council Lady Cindy Circo in order to secure her 5th District credentials and she has better name recognition than most other candidates thinking of getting into this race.
Super Power: She's a political insider but UNION SUPPORT will be the key factor in her winning a citywide vote.
Weakness: Ms. Garza Ruiz has improved her image but SO MUCH GOSSIP surrounding her candidacy could take a toll and it's unclear if her close working relationship to current 5th District Council Lady Cindy Circo will prove beneficial. Remember the Garza-Ruiz affiliation with Cafe Trio regular Crystal Williams didn't work out. Finally . . . The question will arise: What has Theresa done @ Jackson County? She is well-liked and respected but she failed to bring forth promised election reform and doesn't really have any solo initiatives that are exceptionally impressive.
3RD District At-Large: Crispin Rea
Mr. Crispin Rea has recently earned his MPA, he's set to garner his law degree and continue his work in the Jackson County Prosecutor's office as he champions the progress of Kansas City Public Schools while serving as Board Vice-President. There is no question that Crispin Rea is one of the most accomplished young people in all of Kansas City and he has already seems to have an impressive level of support among the local elite which he has worked to secure before officially announcing a run and while mainstream media can't confirm his election hopes.
Super Power: Again, Crispin Rea has a lot going for him but his most impressive attribute is his extensive list of achievements. For someone in his early 20s, Mr. Rea has the resume that commands respect. Mr. Rea's earnest efforts also play well in public debate, it's easy to talk trash on the KCPS but few people do anything but complain from the sidelines. Crispin Rea is a lifelong resident of the 3rd District and his urban core success story should play well. Nevertheless, because I don't want to obfuscate the facts of life from faithful readers of this blog . . . There is the perception/fear that voters would rather elect a Latino than an African-American in a city-wide election.
Weakness: Youth could also be a hindrance for Mr. Rea. Also, if this thing gets racial . . . And it will . . . The exceptionally tough and often unfair politics of the 3rd District could not only thwart Crispin but also destroy a somewhat successful Black/Brown Coalition in Kansas City. Real Talk: A tense racial debate could drive everybody away from this vote and lead to a 3rd/5th collabo that might win amid low voter turnout.
And so ... First and while worthless vendida Mary Sanchez is probably recovering from an all-night sing-along with Butch Rigby . . .
This Kansas City Latino Renaissance could bring us back to the heady days of the late 70s when Bobby Hernandez, Paul Rojas and a few other Latino power brokers won elected office thanks to shifting demographics. Strangely, this time around it seems that At-Large offices that mostly serve to deny minority representation could work in the favor of Latinos at the expense of African-American candidates . . .We'll have more on all of this as it develops but wanted to give local politically connected denizens something to think about for Saturday.
And so the fight over crumbs continues in Kansas City.
Developing . . .