Thanks to KICK-ASS TKC INSIDERS . . . We hinted at this power play earlier in the year and now it's news fact . . .
Here's what most TKC readers don't know . . .
Mr. Gerling is unlikely to meet any real opposition and the start of his career as an elected officials is an event that has garnered interest across Missouri.
The bench for the Missouri Democrats isn't deep and Geoff Gerling stepping into the limelight seems to signal a welcomed shift in leadership away from activists and toward serious campaigners who understand the mechanics of ground game election work and getting out the vote.
Accordingly, here's the FIRST peek at his announcement . . .
Gerling Announces Candidacy for County Legislature
South Kansas City resident and longtime Democratic leader Geoff Gerling has announced his candidacy for the Jackson County Legislature in the 4th District. This position has been held by Dan Tarwater for the past 27 years who is not seeking re-election. The district includes Kansas City south of Meyer Boulevard, Grandview and part of Lee’s Summit.
Gerling is a lifelong Jackson County resident who built a career in non-profit fundraising and community engagement before becoming the Executive Director of the Jackson County Democratic Committee in 2016. Geoff has been appointed to a number of city and county boards and commissions over the past decade and also served on the board of the South Kansas City Alliance for six years. As someone deeply familiar to the inner workings of county government, he can begin on Day One to fight for the people of Jackson County.
“The 4th District deserves a legislator who is one of them – someone who is from our area, grew up in a working-class family, and strives every day to improve the lives of others. I will use my experience and knowledge of our local government to move Jackson County forward. I will be accessible to the people, hold other county officials accountable, and help achieve immediate and long-term improvements for our communities.”
Geoff grew up in the Raytown School District, graduated from UMKC, and has been a resident of the 4th District continuously since 2005. He resides near Martin City with his wife and they are expecting their first child this fall. The campaign will be announcing several endorsements and public events through the end of the year.
Developing . . .