Join us for a forum with candidates running for Kansas City Mayor to discuss successes, challenges, and their views for the future of Kansas City real estate.
Scott Wagner – Scott Wagner represents the 1st District At-Large. The 1st District includes portions of Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties of Kansas City, Missouri. Mayor Sly James has appointed Wagner as Mayor Pro Tem, as well as Chairman of the Finance and Governance Committee for the 2015-2019 council term, which is primarily responsible for the City’s $1.6 billion budget. He also serves as a member of the Housing Committee.
Quinton Lucas – 3rd District Councilman – An attorney, Quinton earned a law degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Washington University. Upon returning to Kansas City from school, Quinton started his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals. He then practiced business law for several years. At 27, Quinton joined the University of Kansas School of Law faculty, where he continues to teach and write. He also volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including providing mentorship in area prisons.
Alissia Canady – 5th District Councilwoman – For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Canady to serve as Chairwoman of the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee and Vice Chair of the Ethics and Legal Review Committee. She also serves as a member of two additional committees: Housing; Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs.
Scott Taylor – 6th District at-large Councilman – For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Taylor as Chairman of the Planning, Zoning and Committee. He also serves as a member of the Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs Committee, a committee he had approached Mayor Sly James about starting and chaired during his first term. Scott is an attorney specializing in business and trade development. His specialty involves business development and implementation of programs that support U.S. manufacturers and businesses.
Phil Glynn – Glynn’s bid for mayor would be his first elected political office. He is member of the Jackson County Democratic Committee, was formerly president of the Committee for County Progress. Glynn served on the Tax Increment Financing Commission, an advisory body that makes recommendations to the Kansas City Council on an incentive that leverages property and economic activity taxes generated by a new development project. Glynn is owner of Travois, a 50-employee firm that finances and supports housing and economic development projects in American Indian communities.
Jolie Justus – 4th District Councilwoman – Jolie comes to the Council after eight years as a Missouri State Senator, where she served as Minority Leader. For 20 years, Jolie has been the Director of Pro Bono Services for the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP representing some of Kansas City’s most vulnerable citizens. Jolie received her J.D. from UMKC. She and her wife Lucy make their home in the Longfellow neighborhood with a pack of crazy rescue dogs and a sporadically productive urban garden.
Stephen Miller – Served as a Construction Attorney for more than 35 years, solving complex problems on projects like the airport and streetcar in cities across the nation. He is founding partner of Miller Schirger Law Firm. Steve worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation for 7 years as a member and 2 term chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. As chair, Steve saved taxpayers $600 million, oversaw $6 billion in infrastructure improvements. Steve graduated from Rockhurst High School and earned his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from University of Notre Dame. .
Diane Burnette, Executive Director of Midtown KC Now (formerly MainCor) and Kansas City District Council Chair will moderate.
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