Kaine, who grew up in Overland Park, is the junior U.S. senator from Virginia and was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election. He and Miller, a Kansas City attorney, attended Rockhurst High School together and have remained friends.
“Steve Miller has been a friend of mine for 46 years. He’s a great guy and he would be a great mayor,” Kaine said in a brief interview at the U.S. Capitol Monday. “I’m looking forward to going out and helping him.”
Guests will get an opportunity to meet Kaine, according to the invitation sent out by the Clay County Democratic Central Committee. Miller will explain his vision and proposals for Kansas City.
The party’s invitation says it’s not an endorsement.
Miller joined the now-crowded mayor’s race in October 2017. His law practice focuses on construction matters and litigation. He previously chaired the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission under former Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.
An Eventbrite page also promotes a joint appearance the same morning, Feb. 8, where Miller and Kaine will talk with “Kansas City area thought and faith leaders” about faith in politics.
Miller faces 11 other candidates in the April primary. The top two vote-getters will face off in June.
Bryan Lowry of the McClatchy D.C. bureau contributed to this report.