Jolie Justus re-enters the race for Kansas City mayor

Marc LaVoie
October 11, 2018 - 7:14 am

Kansas City councilwoman Jolie Justus announced today that she has decided again to run for mayor. 

Justus dropped out of the race when her political ally, former Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander, announced he was running. Kander announced October 2 that he was abandoning his run for office so he could focus on his fight against depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, brought on from his days as a combat soldier.

Justus was considered among the favorites when she dropped out and threw her support behind Kander.

There are eight other candidates for mayor:

  • Rita Berry is a businesswoman and former general manager of a gospel radio station.
  • Alissia Canady is an attorney and a member of the Kansas County council.
  • Phil Glynn owns a small business in the Crossroads District.
  • Quinton Lucas is an attorney and member of the Kansas City council.
  • Steve Miller is an attorney and former chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
  • Jermaine Reed is on the board of the National League of Cities and he is a member of the Kansas City council.
  • Scott Taylor is an attorney and a member of the Kansas City council.
  • Scott Wagner owns a small business, serves as a member of the Kansas City council and is currently Mayor Pro Tem.

The city will hold a primary election in April of 2019. The top two vote-getters in the primary will run head-to-head in the general election the following August. 

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