4 November 2010
Ever since the Mayor successfully kicked off his re-election campaign to
the media a few weeks back, we have been busily preparing for the fun
part – the campaign kick-off party and the re-election win.
Last Tuesday, we had 17 volunteers collecting petition signatures to
legally place the Mayor’s name on the election ballot. Every
incumbent and candidate has to go through this process in order to meet
the requirements of the Election Board.
The volunteers were generous with their time, and because of that, we
were absolutely successful. They collected well over the 1000
signatures that were needed to place the Mayor’s name on the
ballot. The Volunteer Coordinator, Tara Squitiro, put over 300
miles on her little pink truck, making sure that the volunteers had
enough supplies, and were nurtured with coffee, food and drink throughout
The feedback the volunteers received from the voters was indicative of
what we already knew: there are tons of die-hard supporters of the
Mayor out there, along with a smattering of people who have bought into
the bill of goods that the political hacks have worked so hard to sell
them. All in all, the Mayor’s approval rating seems to be picking
up steam. Meaningful change is hard on everyone. Thankfully
the people see that they have an honest and competent Mayor on their side
that has delivered for them, despite the long recession.
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who participated. As
always, Funk will win this election, but he cannot do it alone. He
needs your mental, spiritual, and physical support to see him and you
through to fruition.
While getting that task accomplished, we’ve also been working on the fun
part – the 2011 Campaign Kick-Off Party!
Cosentino’s has graciously donated the food for the party. And
Boulevard Brewing Company has generously donated the beer, including many
bottles of Funk’s namesake beer from the last campaign: DoubleWide
IPA. The new Cellar & Loft that’s going in next to the campaign
headquarters in the River Market, run by Bill Dane, Mayor of Kearney, and
Eddie Kennison, former wide-receiver for the Chiefs, has provided the
wine at cost for the event. And the band, Levee Town, will be
playing some great blues music throughout the evening.
All in all, many hands have made light work, and because of that we’re
able to put on a fun and classy event for tomorrow night’s event.
We hope you’ll join us and be a part of the fun.
Mayor Mark Funkhouser
2011 Campaign Kick-Off Party
Hosted by the Godfather of the Crossroads, Jim Leedy
Please join us at
The Leedy-VoulkosArt Gallery
Friday, 5 November 2010
6:00pm ~ Speech
Mayor Mark Funkhouser
6:30pm ~ Music
Light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine & soda will be served while supplies
Of course, we’ve also been working diligently on the political
side. The Mayor is the best product that Kansas City has, but as
always, getting his message into the hands of his constituents is always
the hard part.
The campaign is tackling getting his message out in many ways. First, by
having a website that is filled with meaningful words, instead of the
typical political fluff. Since the Mayor believes in his agenda, he
is unafraid of communicating it. Given that Funk is still a Mayor of the
people, first and foremost, he is particularly unwilling to hide what he
believes in for fear that someone make not like his approach. Given
that, the website is full of meaningful documents that have been
transparently communicated to you.
Second, he continues to communicate with his constituents by way of
newsletters, meet and greets, screenings and debates, to name a
Last, he seeks input from all types of people, from all walks of
life. From the kids who stop him on the street corner, to the
elderly he talks with at the grocery store, to the people who belong to
differing party affiliations, and, of course, by talking with the best
political consultant in the entire universe, Jeff Roe at Axiom
Well, that’s this week’s news from the River Market. We hope you
will join Funk at his campaign kick-off party tomorrow evening in the
Crossroads, and that you will continue to give him support and feedback.
Your support can take many forms, from volunteering your time, to
donating to the cause. You can sign-up to do that and more at,www.reelectmayorfunkhouser.com. Or
you can call the headquarters, 816-283-8774, or better yet, come on by:
And you can provide feedback at, Re-Elect Mayor Funkhousergloria@reelectmayorfunkhouser.com.
Gloria and Mark