This year Kansas City redistricting was dominated by power player lawyer Clinton Adams who knows more about the process than anyone else in the metro area.
His maps radically flipped the Northland and set back GOP progress in that enclave by at least another 20 years . . . If not permanently.
However . . .
Political attempts to bolster "Freedom wards" and strengthen "communities of interest" along with traditionally African-American neighborhoods might have, in fact, diluted some of their voting power.
To be fair and to offer some explanation for outsiders . . .
Kansas City's At-Large districts were devised by the founders of this cowtown to thwart geopolitical urban electioneering and provide a distinct advantage to
white candidates who are able to finance citywide campaigns.
For quite some time there has been a low-key and unsuccessful attempt to move away from At-Large Districts . . . And now . . . These concerns might be revisited given so many competitive contests which threaten to shake up the status quo.
Remember . . .
KCMO At-Large candidates are elected by the entire city BUT must reside within district lines.
Accordingly . . .
Union leader Bill Galvin running for the 5th District At-Large KCMO City Council spot might signal weakness in Freedom, Inc's expansion strategy.
Right now Lee Barnes is the 5th District Councilman At-Large . . . He's reserved and attempts to stay above the fray of political grandstanding but, in fact, he's a solid Freedom, Inc. vote.
Moreover, and because we know but aren't saying yet . . .
New district lines have opened up more competition in the 5th and . . . Yes . . . Even the 3rd District at the citywide level.
Basically and to keep it simple . . .
FREEDOM, INC. WILL HAVE TO FIGHT HARDER TO DEFEND THEIR NEW TERRITORY AND MIGHT HAVE BEEN TOO GREEDY AMID THE KCMO REDISTRICTING PROCESS!!!
To be fair . . .
If any group is up to a challenge, it's this one.
In the modern era, NOBODY else has a stronger track record of getting their candidates elected in KC proper.
Still . . .
As more people start to express interest in competing for the At-Large 3rd & 5th District council seats now that district lines have been expanded . . . It's not implausible to consider that Freedom, Inc. has risked losing one or even two of the positions they now hold.
Developing . . .