Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Terry Riley will allow Jackson Co. voters to think he's Irish

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Terry Riley wears the green on his yard signs.
  • Terry Riley wears the green on his yard signs.

Terry Riley has torn into a box of Lucky Charms as he attempts to move from City Hall to the Jackson County Legislature.

Riley, who represents a predominantly black district as a Kansas City, Missouri, councilman, has decided that running for county office requires a little rebranding. Riley's yard signs omit his first name, come in green and feature a shamrock in the bottom right-hand corner.

Term-limited on the council, Riley is making a move on the at-large seat held by former Kansas City Chief Fred Arbanas.

click to enlarge Terry Riley: New office, new tack.
  • Terry Riley: New office, new tack.
Riley's yard signs suggest that running for the in-district Fifth District council seat is not the same as seeking election in a county that is 73 percent white.

That, or he just really likes St. Patrick's Day.

The yard signs also send a message that a vote for Riley is a vote for change. His campaign is playing the "new leadership" card in attempt to bring attention to the fact that Arbanas has served as a county judge since 1972 (not a typo).

Of course, Riley is not exactly a newcomer to the political scene. He was a member of the Kansas City, Missouri, School Board and the Missouri House of Representatives before joining the City Council in 2000. Riley won a special election to replace Kelvin Simmons, who resigned.

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