Councilman Jermaine Reed, who is in his second term representing Kansas City’s urban core, says he is launching a campaign for mayor.
The election is in 2019.
Reed represents the 3rd Council District of Kansas City. He plans to formally launch his campaign Sunday with a video to supporters.
He is the second announced candidate for mayor, joining Councilman Scott Taylor, who lives in south Kansas City and is in his second term representing the 6th District at-large.
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“While the election for our city’s next mayor is a ways away, it is on the horizon,” Reed said in a statement. “Throughout my campaign, I will look for bold and innovative policy solutions that improve the quality of life for all residents of our great city.”
Reed, 32, graduated from Northeast High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned an executive master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mayor Sly James is termed out in 2019. Reed and Taylor are also both termed out of their council seats in 2019.
James’ departure in 2019 leaves an open seat for mayor, which will likely lead to a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace him. So far, Reed and Taylor are the only candidates to create campaign committees registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission. But observers have speculated that other candidates could include council members Jolie Justus, Quinton Lucas, Katheryn Shields and Scott Wagner.
On Sunday, Reed released a YouTube video announcing his candidacy.