Four candidates for the Kansas City Council say they hired Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies to help them win in Tuesday night’s primaries.
Roe, the badly tarnished Kansas City area political consultant who often uses slimy tactics to try to win elections, couldn’t help pull any of the candidates through to victory.
▪ Louie Wright finished third in the 1st District in-district race after running attack ads against incumbent Dick Davis, who finished second to winner Heather Hall.
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Davis and Hall will square off in the June 23 general election.
Wright’s loss was the most satisfying for people who are thoroughly disgusted by Roe and all he stands for in his often-shady way of running campaigns.
Wright had even defended his use of Roe and Axiom Strategies after Roe was linked to the radio ad that criticized Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich just days before Schweich committed suicide.
In an interview Tuesday night, Davis understandably said he was glad Wright didn’t make the general election. And in reference to Roe, Davis said people “need to run that guy out of town.”
▪ Jay Hodges finished a long way back of winner Teresa Loar in the 2nd District at-large race.
Both made the two-person general election.
Loar is a former City Council member. Hodges is a former aide to Mayor Sly James.
▪ Dee Evans finished third in the 3rd District at-large contest.
Evans, who recently suffered the loss of her husband, had suspended her campaign recently and endorsed Quinton Lucas, the very capable lawyer who easily advanced to the general election against Stephan Gordon.
▪ John Fierro, a respected community leader, finished a very distant second to Jolie Justus, the much-accomplished former state legislator.
Because they were the only two candidates in the race, Justus and Fierro will face each other in the general.
The overall track record is that two of Roe’s candidates won’t even be running after Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Hodges and Fierro face uphill tasks in beating their opponents.
As for Roe and other Axiom Strategies officials, they can tuck their tails behind their legs after suffering notable defeats Tuesday night.