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Rep. Rory Rowland running for Independence mayor

Rep. Rory Rowland, a Democrat, formally launched his campaign for mayor of Independence this week. 

The state representative, who had been considered a contender for some time, joins the field of people challenging Mayor Ellen Weir who is running for a third term. A primary will be held in February with the general election in April. 

Rowland kicked off his campaign Monday at 3 Trails Brewery in Independence. 

“It wasn’t until several members of our community asked me to do this that I took a long and hard look at where Independence should be as a community and as a municipality,” Rowland said in a statement. “Too many people see a cloud of corruption hanging over our city, and they are desperate for change.” 

“I’m running for mayor because we need a change in leadership, and we need a new set of ethical standards at City Hall,” Rowland said. 

Rep. Rory Rowland is the ranking minority member of the Financial Institutions Committee. (HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS/TIM BOMMEL)

Rowland has represented HD 29, which includes Jackson County, in the legislature since he won a special election in 2015. He owns a consulting business which has allowed him to speak to business groups across North America. Additionally, Rowland is the former president of two credit unions in the Kansas City area. 

In the House, Rowland is the ranking minority member of the Financial Institutions Committee and is a member of the Veterans Committee as well as the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. 

Rowland is an alumnus of the University of Central Missouri and holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

In interviews, Rowland is quick to bring up his admiration for former President Harry S. Truman. A mural of the former president loomed large behind Rowland for his announcement.