Kansas City Council supports effort to host the 2016 GOP convention

08/01/2013 4:35 PM

08/01/2013 4:35 PM

The Kansas City Council on Thursday endorsed a resolution “proudly” supporting an application to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Commissioners of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., recently passed a similar resolution.

Mayor Sly James of Kansas City and civic leaders from both Kansas and Missouri are expected to travel to Boston later this month to pitch this area as the best place to host the next Republican presidential convention.

While Kansas City is generally considered a Democratic stronghold, City Council members think the city has a good shot at landing the convention.

They also think hosting the event would be positive for the area and its national image, although they note these are expensive events to mount and would require extensive fundraising.

Kansas City last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1976.

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