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Darrell has a long history of political leadership, civic engagement and community service in Kansas City.

Like his father, Fred Curls, a founding member of Freedom, Inc.; his brother Phil, who served as State Representative and Senator; his niece Kiki, former State Representative and Senator; and sister-in-law Melba, former State Representative and City Councilwoman — DARRELL CURLS IS COMMITTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY!


Keeping in the family tradition, Darrell currently serves as a board member of Freedom, Inc.; is an active member of the South Kansas City Alliance and Northland Chamber of Commerce; is a volunteer as Jackson County Democratic Committeeman (20 years); and president of the Kirkside Homes Association (22 years). Darrell previously served as President of Jackson County COMBAT; President of the Hickman Mills School Board; and KCMO Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) member.

Darrell was born and raised in Kansas City. He has been a homeowner in South Kansas City for nearly 40 years where he lives with his wife Denitta Boyd-Curls. He is a proud father of a son and daughter.


Darrell earned his Associates Degree from Longview Community College, Bachelor’s degree from Park College, and MBA from Central Michigan University. 

Darrell recently retired from the Ford Motor Company, where he was Union Steward and Chair of the Community Action Program (CAP), UAW's non-partisan political arm, representing 250 members for UAW Local 249. CAP educates members, both active and retired, on political issues that affect them and their families. CAP also registers members to vote, and works to elect politicians who stand with working Americans. Earlier in his career, he worked as an Affirmative Action Representative for the UAW while at General Motors.


Father Fred Curls (center), with sons Phil and Darrell,  is honored with the Freedom, Inc. Legacy Award, 1989.

Darrell with sister-in-law Melba Curls (left), former Councilwoman; and niece Kiki Curls, former State Senator.

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