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Here comes Charlie Wheeler

Bumped into former Kansas City Mayor Charlie Wheeler the other day.

And within seconds, Wheeler, 89, was producing his latest business card that’s promoting his latest campaign. He’s running for Missouri governor.

A Democrat, Wheeler says he’s a friend of Chris Koster, the frontrunner for his party’s nomination this year. But Wheeler thinks Koster needs a challenge nonetheless.

The two served in the state Senate together a few years ago.

Wheeler has long been a mass transit advocate, so expect that to be a frequent talking point.

The flip side of Wheeler’s card reminds us of all he’s done in his long career:

  • Jackson County coroner, 1965-67
  • Missouri Western Judge, 1965-71
  • Kansas City Mayor, 1971-79
  • Missouri state senator, 2003-06