Government & Politics

Newcomers to 2019 KC mayoral race collected most campaign cash in latest filings

The two candidates for Kansas City mayor who are not on the City Council had an active last quarter of 2017.
The two candidates for Kansas City mayor who are not on the City Council had an active last quarter of 2017. AP

The only two candidates for Kansas City mayor in 2019 who are not on the City Council were the busiest fundraisers during the last quarter of 2017, according to new state filings.

Crossroads Arts District businessman Phil Glynn collected $81,428, which includes $29,500 in personal loans, during the three-month period that ended Dec. 31. Attorney Stephen Miller raised $50,765.

Miller and Glynn, both making their first run for office, are part of what is so far a six-candidate field for the April 2019 primary. The others are Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, and Council members Scott Taylor, Jolie Justus and Jermaine Reed. All but Justus are in their second terms and ineligible to run for re-election.

Taylor still holds a commanding advantage, with nearly $348,000 in the bank.

Glynn and his wife, Elizabeth Glynn, co-own Travois, a consulting firm that works on housing and economic development in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

Glynn said the loans were for one-time startup costs, including a four-minute introductory video produced by Abe Rakov, who managed former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander’s 2016 attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Glynn said the significance of the report was in the 190 small and moderate-sized individual donations, generally in the range of $20 to $250.

“This is going to be a grassroots campaign,” Glynn said. There were still some big donations, however, including $3,150 from Stockyard Brewing Company owner Greg Bland, who is also Glynn’s brother-in-law.

He reported $45,555 in cash on hand.

Miller, a construction and litigation specialist who served on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission under former Gov. Jay Nixon, drew heavily from the business world. He gained sizable donations from former Kansas City Southern CEO Michael Haverty ($3,150) and his wife Marlys ($3,150), Burns & McDonnell general counsel G. William Quatman ($3,150) and developer Nate Accardo ($3,100).

Miller reported $35,852 in cash on hand. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Taylor, the at-large councilman from South Kansas City’s Sixth District, still holds a commanding lead in fundraising. He’s also been working to build bridges to the city’s east side. Much of the $15,400 he spent in the last quarter went to Melissa Patterson-Hazley, who Taylor said will serve as campaign manager.

Patterson-Hazley, the daughter-in-law of the late Councilman Charles Hazley, is an educational psychologist by training but was active in the campaign to pass the 1/8 cent sales tax for development in the Prospect Corridor. Taylor called her a “dynamic, up-and-coming leader in our community.”

Other candidates were relatively quiet in the fourth quarter of 2017.

According to filings:

Wagner raised $15,460 and had $37,800 in cash on hand.

Justus collected $7,430 and reported $56,349 in cash.

Reed raised $6,400 and has $39,327 in the bank. He spent $15,000 on Pine Street, a Washington political consulting firm.

Councilman Quinton Lucas, who is still considering whether to enter the race, reported $34,080 in contributions and $94,755 in cash. Lucas said that while he considers the race, he wants to “make sure I am part of the conversation,” and that he is in a position to enter the campaign quickly.