Ballot Briefing: Treece re-elected in Columbia; KC mayoral race down to 2

Two mayoral candidates emerged from a crowded primary field in Kansas City, and Columbia’s mayor won a second term as voters across Missouri cast ballots Tuesday in municipal elections.

Here’s a rundown of the most important races from across the state:

Kansas City

Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas, both sitting members of the Kansas City Council, will face off in the June general election to determine the city’s next mayor.

Justus captured about 23.1 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, and Lucas claimed about 22.2 percent, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday at 9:17 p.m.

They beat out nine other candidates who were vying to replace Mayor Sly James, who is term-limited.


Mayor Brian Treece won a second term, capturing about 64.2 percent of the vote to edge out challenger Chris Kelly, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday at 9:24 p.m.

“Especially now with the recent changes at city hall, our city and our community needs steady leadership, and I’m grateful for the voters’ confidence in me to continue to provide that steady leadership,” Treece told supporters Tuesday night, the Columbia Missourian reports.

Kelly, a former state lawmaker, county clerk and judge who came out of retirement to run for mayor, had never lost an election before Tuesday night.


More than 60 percent of voters approved a $168 million bond proposal that will fund upgrades to more than 35 Springfield Public Schools facilities, the Springfield News-Leader reports. Voters also overwhelmingly approved the 20-year extension of a 1/4-cent sales tax to fund capital improvements.

Mayor Ken McClure was uncontested in his re-election bid, and four Springfield City Council incumbents who sought re-election Tuesday all won, the News-Leader reports.

St. Louis

Democrat Lewis Reed won a fourth term as president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen with more than 78 percent of the vote. His opponent, Jerome Bauer of the Green Party, secured about 18 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted at 11:31 p.m. Tuesday. Reed was widely expected to win another term after emerging from a competitive Democratic primary.

In other races in the area, St. Louis County voters rejected a new sewer fee that would have helped address stormwaters and flooding, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Voters in the county approved a measure that splits legal defense for each branch of the St. Louis County government, according to the Post-Dispatch. That measure comes amid an ongoing feud between St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and the county council.

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