Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri Jason Kander speaks with members of the media on November 8, 2016 outside a polling place in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Jason Kander Announces Plans to Run for Kansas City Mayor

Kander was Missouri's secretary of state from 2013-17 and has often been cited as a future presidential candidate.

June 25, 2018 - 10:28 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Missouri state official who garnered national attention during an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate has announced plans to run for mayor of Kansas City. 

Jason Kander, a Democrat, made the announcement Monday on Twitter and in a news release.

The Afghanistan war veteran said in a statement that the next mayor "has the opportunity to shape the future of Kansas City for generations'' and that he is running because he is "up for the challenge.'' 

Kander was Missouri's secretary of state from 2013-17 and has often been cited as a future presidential candidate. After narrowly failing to unseat incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016, he founded the anti-gerrymandering organization Let America Vote. He also hosts the podcast Majority 54.