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Berkley Wins Re-Election as Kansas City Mayor

April 1, 1987

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Mayor Richard L. Berkley won a third four-year term Tuesday, defeating Councilman Jim Heeter in the city’s non-partisan election. Unofficial results with all precincts reporting showed Berkley defeating Heeter 50,992 to 30,841 - a margin of about 62 percent to 38 percent.

″The votes are counted and the victory is ours 3/8″ Berkley told supporters at a Kansas City hotel.

″We can’t afford to look back on successes,″ he said. ″We must look ahead to our future and to the challenges of our city - the challenges of education, crime reduction, capital improvements and new major projects, neighborhood revitalization are just a few of the issues we must address.″

The victory was the largest in mayoral races since the 1967 general election, when former Mayor Ilus W. Davis captured 66 percent of the vote against opponent Rex Bone.

″I’m proud of you and I’m proud of our campaign,″ Heeter told supporters Tuesday night. ″Nobody will ever call the 1987 mayor’s race boring.″

Berkley, 56, a Republican, was a councilman for almost eight years before becoming mayor in 1979. Heeter, 38, a Democrat, was elected to the City Council four years ago.

Berkley won the March 3 primary in a landslide victory.

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