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Dunns to chair KC finance committee for 2016 GOP Convention

01/20/2014 10:18 AM

01/20/2014 10:18 AM

Two long-time civic leaders will lead a national fund-raising committee in a bid to lure the 2016 Republican National Convention to Kansas City.

And the two just happen to be married.

Peggy Dunn, the mayor of Leawood since 1997, and Terry Dunn, CEO of the JE Dunn Construction Group, will chair the committee.

They face a formidable goal of having to raise $50 million-$60 million from local and national givers to stage the convention here, a statement from the group said.

“I’ve long admired Terry and Peggy’s commitment to our community and am thrilled that they have chosen to focus on this effort,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James who also is involved in the effort.

“Frankly, their civic engagement is legendary and they only dedicate their time to ideas and projects with sincere promise. I really can’t think of two people I trust more in this capacity.”

The Dunns will have help.

The Kansas City convention committee has retained fundraisers Linda Bond and Carla Eudy.

The two have more than 50 years of experience in national political and non-profit fundraising. Bond, wife of the former four-term Missouri senator, spent the last 10 years with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

She was responsible for the national fundraising and project management for all Senate hospitality activities for the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Republican National Convention. Her experience includes serving as finance director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Empower America and Steve Forbes for President.

Eudy’s experience includes 17 years with Arizona Sen. John McCain. She served as executive staff adviser for McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, as national finance director for the John McCain 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and as finance director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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