Kansas City's favorite political gadfly/light rail pusher Clay Chastain doesn't live here anymore. But that's not going to stop him from running as a write-in candidate for mayor.
The relentless self-promoter and mass transit disciple, who also unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1991 and 1999, sent out a press release yesterday that claims a "slew of petition signers" have pleaded with him to return from Virginia, where he lives now, and save Kansas City from itself.
His release said the city is "nearing a state of emergency," a
situation, Chastain says, he'll solve with -- what else? -- light rail
service and swimming pools! Because 94
murders is bad, but traffic is a real pain in the keister.
Chastain announced his candidacy along with a hot new idea for a rail
and aquatic center at the Northland's Line Creek Valley that he promises
will "uplift the city" and be connected to the "coolest public
transportation system in America." No word yet on how a swimming pool
will solve the city's problems, or where the money will come from, but
it's a long time before Election Day.
The only campaign promises he made in his announcement is that he will
return to Kansas City to govern if he's elected, and he'll amend the "absurd
residency requirements" in the city charter. Like, you have to live in
Kansas City to be mayor?
Here's a doodle he sent out of the swimming pool that will save the city.