Kansas City councilwoman Deb Hermann is in the 2011 mayor’s race.
The 56-year-old city council veteran said Monday she’ll kick off her campaign for the city’s top elected job at a Thursday news conference. She becomes the fourth official challenger to incumbent Mayor Mark Funkhouser.
“I think it’s a race I can win. In fact I know I can,” Hermann said.
Hermann is in her seventh year as the 1st District at-large councilwoman, and now serves as chair of the council’s powerful Finance and Audit Committee, which oversees the city’s budget process.
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Hermann said she’ll use skills from that position to help the city manage tough financial challenges.
“Our first priority has got to be jobs,” she said.
Other announced mayoral candidates are attorneys Sly James and Mike Burke, and Jackson County Sports Authority executive director Jim Rowland, as well as Funkhouser.