I did a couple of queries on the Kansas City Star's article database at the library's site to see how many hits I would get on Mark Funkhouser and Alvin Brooks between November 1, 2006 and March 28, 2007, when the race for mayor was dominating local news. Out of curiosity, I also threw in Albert Riederer, the third-place finisher in the primary.
Here's what I got:
Funkhouser - 424
Brooks - 387
Riederer - 88
Brooks was serving on the City Council at the time, so a number of the articles containing his name were unrelated to the race. So I ran a query of his name along with "mayor" and I got 295.