Kay Barnes

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Kay Waldo Barnes
52nd Mayor of Kansas City
In office
May 1999 – May 2007
Preceded by Emanuel Cleaver
Succeeded by Mark Funkhouser
Personal details
Born (1938-03-30) March 30, 1938 (age 76)
St. Joseph, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Alma mater University of Kansas,
University of Missouri–Kansas City
Occupation retired business owner

Kay Waldo Barnes (born March 30, 1938) is a former two-term mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. She was the Democratic nominee for Missouri's 6th congressional district (map) of the United States House of Representatives in the 2008 election against Republican incumbent Sam Graves.

Biography[edit]

A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, she earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas and a masters in secondary education from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.[1] She was president of Kay Waldo, Inc., a human resources development firm until her retirement. She is a cousin of famous journalist Walter Cronkite.[2] Barnes can often be seen power-walking around the Briarcliff subdivision in Kansas City where she resides.

Career[edit]

In 1974, she was one of the first two women on the Jackson County Legislature. She was elected to the Kansas City council in 1979.

Barnes was the first female mayor of Kansas City. Mayor Barnes has received the most credit for her work in improving Downtown Kansas City and working for beginning the revitalization of the urban core. She is also credited with the Sprint Center arena in Kansas City that opened on October 10, 2007. She was first elected mayor on her birthday in 1999, and re-elected for a second term in 2003. She was succeeded as mayor of Kansas City on May 1, 2007 when Mark Funkhouser took office.

At Missouri Democratic functions, beginning in April, 2007, Mayor Barnes made it clear that she was seriously considering a run for Congress in 2008, and on May 14, 2007 she officially announced her candidacy. She was endorsed by Emily's List.[3] On August 5, 2008, Barnes won against Ali Allon Sherkat in the Democratic primary with 84.5% of the vote.[4] The election was expected to be competitive.[5]

She is the Distinguished Professor for Public Leadership at Park University.[6]

In late 2007, Barnes announced she would run in the Democratic primary for Missouri's 6th congressional district, held by four-term Republican Sam Graves. She was the strongest Democrat to run in the district since it fell into Republican hands in 2001. Although the race was very hard-fought, Barnes was soundly defeated, taking only 37 percent of the vote. Graves even trounced her in the areas of the district closer to Kansas City.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio information on Barnes, Graves". Fort Mill Times. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ Cronkite wins Truman neighbor award Lawrence Journal-World, May 9, 2004
  3. ^ Kay Barnes, U.S. House, MO Emily's List
  4. ^ U.S. Representative - District 6 Missouri Secretary of State election results
  5. ^ "Most Missouri lawmakers oppose bailout measure". Examiner. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Mayor Kay Barnes to Join Park University, Lead New Center". Park University. April 4, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Emanuel Cleaver
Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri
1999-2007
Succeeded by
Mark Funkhouser