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Independence mayor will not run for a third term

Updated: 2013-05-07T04:02:08Z

By BRIAN BURNES

The Kansas City Star

Independence Mayor Don Reimal announced Saturday that he will not seek a third term next year.

Reimal, noting that he had been hearing rumors about his plans, said he wanted to “clear the air.” He added that his health is not an issue.

“I’m fine,” said Reimal, who will turn 72 later this year. “It’s just time.”

A retired carpenter, Reimal first was elected in 1994 to represent the city’s 1st District on the Independence City Council. He served 12 years there before voters elected him mayor in April 2006.

In that race he defeated Lois McDonald. Four years later Reimal ran unopposed and was elected to a second term.

Reimal also announced said that he supports Jim Schultz, an at-large city council member, to replace him.

“Jim is an even-keeled person, and we have a council that works well together,” Reimal said.

Municipal elections for the mayor’s office, as well as two-at-large seats on the City Council, will be held in April 2014. Candidates can file this fall.

Schultz, meanwhile, said he believed he was well qualified to be mayor. He said he has gained much experience while serving as a council member for 11 years and as mayor pro tem for four.

“As an at-large council member, I have served the entire community,“ Schultz said.

Schultz also cited his leadership positions within the Missouri Municipal League and the Mid-America Regional Council.

He said he appreciates Reimal’s support.

“Don Reimal is going to be remembered as a man of honor, a man of integrity,“ Schultz said. “From Don Reimal I have learned how important it is to have consensus.”

Schultz, 59, and his wife Caryl have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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