In Kansas City, seven members of the 13-person city council are leaving due to term limits, which means today’s municipal election will bring about a significant shift in the composition of the municipal governing body.
Many Missouri lawmakers are among the council members who are departing or looking to replace them. Former Reps. John Sharp and Melba Curls are both leaving the city council due to term limits.
Jolie Justus, a former Democratic state senator and minority leader, is running for a spot in the 4th district. She left state office due to term limits, and was a popular figure with many of her Republican colleagues.
Rep. Kevin McManus is running for a city council spot representing the 6th district. He is generally viewed by strategists as a promising young Democrat in state politics.
Mayor Sly James is a heavy favorite to win re-election after capturing 82 percent of the primary vote. Top challenger Vincent Lee received 11 percent of that vote.