Derron Black, the man who upstaged Sly James, now wants to be mayor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The man who very publicly upstaged Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Tuesday, now wants the city's top job. Derron L. Black, 31, will announce his candidacy for mayor Thursday at noon in the city's 18th & Vine Jazz District.

Black's campaign manager, Jeff Francis, told 41 Action News about the planned candidacy for the 2015 election.

Black ran up on stage during James' State of the City address, grabbed the microphone and cursed out the mayor. He was quickly dragged off stage by the mayor's security detail.

Francis said Black's frustrations with trying to meet with city leaders led to the outburst.

"We've been trying to get meetings with these different officials and when they plan the meeting, they don't show up or they're terribly late to where nothing gets done," Francis said.

Francis said Black will run for mayor on the platforms of boosting employment and education and reducing crime. Despite Black's now-infamous reputation, Francis believes his candidate can win.

"I believe in his issues and I like his passion," Francis said.

As Jeff Francis made the mayoral announcement, Black was still in the city jail. He walked out just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday without a word to reporters.

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office also announced Black is charged with 3rd degree assault on a law enforcement officers as well as a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations. Put together, the charges are punishable with up to a year-and-a-half in jail.

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