Former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, who lost his bid for a second term, has taken a job as director of the Washington, D.C., think tank Governing Institute.

Funkhouser served one term as mayor. He did not make it past the February primary.

He previously was city auditor for 18 years. Sly James won office earlier this year.

“It is time to change the conversation back to co-producing the results Americans want and need,” Funkhouser said in a statement. “It’s no time to fear the future. Instead, we need to get on with the hard work of barn-raising in our time. This is the time. The institute is the place.”

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