Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas claims decisive mayoral win

Updated June 19

Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas will become his hometown’s next mayor after notching a double-digit victory Tuesday.

Lucas received about 59% of the nearly 67,000 votes cast, topping Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus, who claimed about 41% of the votes.

“What we’re seeing is that people liked our message about affordable housing, about public safety, about making sure that everyone has a voice in City Hall, so thank you for spreading that message,” Lucas told supporters at a watch party Tuesday night.

At 34, Lucas will be the youngest mayor of Kansas City in more than a century.

A native of Kansas City’s East Side who was homeless at times during his childhood, Lucas went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis and earn a law degree from Cornell. He is a law professor at the University of Kansas and a first-term city councilman.

Lucas made affordable housing and public safety key points in his campaign.

Justus and Lucas differed in their preferred approach to spurring development in the city. Lucas has proposed concentrating development incentives on the city’s East Side, and he has called for an east-west route for the Kansas City Streetcar.

He has also suggested the city could reduce red tape to help accelerate the growth of area businesses.

“Over the last 250 days, I’ve had the honor and the privilege of connecting with people in every single corner of the city,” Justus told her supporters Tuesday night. “We developed a vision for this city, and while we didn’t get the outcome we wanted to tonight, that vision has not changed.”

Incentives limit rejected

Voters rejected Question No. 1, which would have curbed development incentives by putting a 50% cap on the amount of property taxes that could be redirected to a developer. About 66% of voters opposed the measure.


*This story was updated June 19 to reflect the latest vote counts and add information about Question 1.

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