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Lucas, Justus make final push ahead of KCMO mayoral election

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 23:36:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — City Hall will look a lot different after Tuesday's election, which will turn over multiple city council seats and choose Mayor Sly James' successor.

With the finish line in sight, 41 Action News followed both candidates for mayor, Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas, on Saturday as they made a final push for your vote.

After navigating a crowded primary field and 12 debates, both candidates were eager for the final countdown.

“We’ve always been a great grassroots campaign and I’m excited about the fact we are getting our message out about fixing potholes, infrastructure and public safety and look at progress for all neighborhoods in Kansas City not just a few,” Lucas said.

Justus agreed: "Days like today are an example of being able to see every part of the city in one day," she said. "We have been extreme south, extreme north, back and forth, back and forth, people are excited."

Both candidates agree on several issues, like the need for more police officers, but also agree that's not the only solution to fight crime. Both also agree that incentives should not be given to every developer who wants to call downtown KC home.

But there are stark differences, too.

Critics contend Justus only cares about downtown and the new airport.

Lucas' critics worry he will only be the mayor for the east side.

“We need to make our focus in Kansas City over the next four years, next eight years, about not just downtown and the (Country Club) Plaza," Lucas said. "While we like the progress there, we want to make sure the progress is evenly shared."

That's why Justus made it a point to visit all parts of town over and over.

"A woman called it leadership by walking around," Justus said. "You are the kind of person who comes to our neighborhood, takes a tour, sees what the problem is and tries to fix those problems. People like my track record. Just get stuff done. That is what people want at the end of the day."

Soon, the campaign ads will fade away and Tuesday you will decide who will lead KC into a new era.