Attorney Sly James was elected yesterday as the next mayor of Kansas City, beating back a challenge from Mike Burke.
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James polled 54 percent to opponent Mike Burke’s 46 percent, a surprisingly strong finish after a low-key, cordial race that pollsters had said was too close to call.
“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” James told a cheering crowd at 18th and Vine.
“We want to make ourselves a better city by working together.”
James noted that he grew up at 44th Street and Montgall Avenue and has lived in Kansas City his entire life. “From where I stand, I can tell you better days are ahead,” he said.
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, the incumbent, did not get enough votes to make it into the runoff.