Sunday, March 31, 2019

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY BACKGROUND CHECKING CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL!!!



The Gipper told us "trust but verify" and so we offer this quick missive about background checking and the candidates to better inform readers as the election is mere hours away.

One of the smartest people and TKC readers we've met informs us . . .

"Do you find it interesting that people will run for public office and decline to participate in a background check?"

Certainly.

In fact, this link offers a great run down of the background checked candidates from verifymore.org

And so . . .

CHECK THIS QUICK OVERVIEW OF KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATES WHO STOOD UP TO BACKGROUND CHECKING!!!

Most of the mayoral candidates passed the this online verification.



From the first through the 3rd -- Northland To Urban Core -- There's very little verification with only Rachel Riley passing this test.



Most of the candidates from the Downtown to Midtown district didn't bother seeking out any kind of verification.



The 5th District has the most interesting results because it's the most competitive political field in Kansas City:



Finally, the 6th District is completely unchecked . . .



And so . . .



With background check info scant on so many Kansas City politicos, this election relies on faith and reason but is mostly a matter of trust.

As always, thanks for reading this week and hopefully we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Forums are nice, background checks are nice. I go by track record. What do the candidates stand for? What have the done? Where have they spent their time. In this election we've got a lot of opinions and trivia with only a few running on their record.

Davies said...

Good info. Please keep this at the top of the page.

ng said...

Elections shouldn't be a leap of faith. Sadly, that's what we see in Kansas City and I hope we look at these forms as mostly useless for anybody except as a promotional tool for those who put them together.

Super Dave said...

Who does the background checking?

Byron Funkhouser said...

verifymore.org.

Anonymous said...

Byron always tells the truth. Good man!

Anonymous said...

I wish the candidates would be more accountable and share information. A good system requires cooperation.

Anonymous said...

Will not be voting for ANYONE who did not want to share background check information.

Anonymous said...

Any candidate who didn't do this seems a little shady.

Anonymous said...

These candidates can never be honest. They have always been shady about most of the stuff they're doing.

Anonymous said...

Really good list to see what candidates are not scared of fact checking and opening themselves up to some potential criticism. I don't think it should be mandatory but it's good information to know.

Another Midtown Mom said...

The star used this company too and I'm not sure if I 100% agree with their tactics. I think this list needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I really like the comment @11:51, we need to judge the candidates on their track record. Some of them have a proven list of accomplishments while others have very light resumes but talk a good time. KC can't do on the job training any more. We need people who are competent and ready to go from day one.

Super Dave said...


Byron, I can read unlike your claims to not be able to.

But who is Verify More. How does one even know they are trustworthy? Seems they have partnered up with the Kansas City Star which lowers their credibility greatly in my opinion.

What sources do they use to run their background checks?

Phil Cardarella said...

Just a few observations concerning The Star's flawed background check system:

First of all it is foolish and wasteful – an affectation of the corporate office that is totally unnecessary – given that both a criminal and civil history are easy to run using the local police department and the local civil records site.

The site that The Star initially refers everyone to is run by a disgruntled office seeker out of Seattle Рand who does not in any way involve himself in the actual background research, which he refers to a separate "employment research" group. A Google check of that research group shows dozens of nightmare complaints against them with the Better Business Bureau. Any involvement with them soon shows why those complaints accumulate. Frankly, rather than an organization that The Star would employ, seems more like an organization that The Star traditionally would be doing an expos̩ on.

In one instance, it was impossible for the "top-notch investigators" to verify that Katheryn Shields is currently a member of the City Council – something that can be done by going to the City website or by calling the City human resources office on the number with which they were provided. Instead, Shields was called from somewhere in South Asia and asked to provide check stubs for the previous four years for their examination. Quintin Lucas' employment with the University of Kansas also could not be verified by them – unless of course they had bothered to look it up online. DUH!

Here's the deal: Democracy does not provide any Royal Road around a citizen doing his or her homework and looking at the IDEAS that each candidate presents. A newspaper does the public good when it helps present those ideas to the public.