The 3rd Council District race pits incumbent Jermaine Reed against longtime school district parent advocate Jamekia Kendrix.
Reed has concentrated on economic development and jobs in the urban core, while Kendrix touts her abilities as a community organizer. She says her priorities would be strengthening neighborhood organizations, increasing outreach to neighborhoods and growing the 3rd District’s power by increasing voter turnout.
Reed came in first in a five-way April 7 primary with 57 percent of the vote to Kendrix’s 18 percent. Three other candidates were eliminated.
Occupation: City councilman since 2011
Education: Master’s degree in public administration, UMKC; bachelor’s degree in political science, University of Missouri; Northeast High School.
Public service: National League of Cities governing board of directors 2013-present; Ad Hoc Group Against Crime governing board 2009-present; State of Missouri Governor’s Youth Cabinet, 2002-2004
Major endorsements: Freedom Inc.; Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO; Fire Fighters Local 42 and 3808; Citizens Association; KC BizPAC; Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council; La Raza; Downtown Council PAC.
Positions on three key issues:
KCI: The city is now negotiating with the airlines about improvements to the airport. We clearly need to make a major investment to modernize the terminal area and improve the passenger transportation system at KCI, but we cannot sacrifice the convenience our residents love. The decision must be approved by a public vote. I will work to ensure any plan is cost effective and will not lead to a reduction in flights.
Kemper Arena: Kemper redevelopment and its surroundings could potentially spur much-needed economic development in the West Bottoms. I am interested in reviewing proposals for the arena. It would be a great asset for our city if there was a viable proposal to repurpose the arena. Otherwise, the city could be forced to make decisions based on the ever-increasing maintenance cost.
Streetcar expansion: Although I do support the streetcar expansion, future efforts should be initiated by the community, not City Hall. Once the starter line becomes operational, there likely will be more support to expand it, but any expansions should be coupled with a well-planned strategy to spur economic development along such routes and a fairer mechanism to pay for it rather than placing a disproportionate burden on adjacent property owners and residents.
Occupation: Senior program specialist with Camp Fire
Education: Master’s degree in social work from UMKC
Previous public service: At-large representative to District Advisory Committee for Kansas City Public Schools, 2010-2012; chairwoman of DAC Parent Advocacy Task Force, 2011-2014; other school/parent leadership posts.
Major endorsements: Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus; Kansas City Muslim community; the New Grey Panthers.
Positions on three key issues:
KCI: I am not a frequent traveler, but it is important to me that affected groups be engaged in decisionmaking. The input of KCI customers should be a priority. If the KCI development will require the use of tax dollars, informing and engaging the general public should be a priority and the improvements should be subject to a popular vote.
Kemper Arena: I don’t use the facility often. However, I would support a public engagement process that engages the surrounding/affected communities in a meaningful way to ensure that the site/facility benefits the residents.
Streetcar expansion: I do not support expansion at this time. My commitment is to represent the will of the 3rd District residents. Voters in the 3rd District demonstrated their opposition to expansion in August.