Yael T. Abouhalkah

Poll: Do you trust Mayor Sly James and the new City Council?

Mayor Sly James gave his second inaugural speech Saturday morning at the Gem Theater.
Mayor Sly James gave his second inaugural speech Saturday morning at the Gem Theater. Courtesy of city of Kansas City

Elected officials often govern by the trust factor: Will they take the actions in office that they promised to the public?

On Saturday, Mayor Sly James and the new City Council were sworn into office at an upbeat ceremony at the Gem Theater.

In his speech, James promised that he wouldn’t play games, that he was ready to get results, and he expected the council to work with him in that direction, all to build a better Kansas City.

Sounds great, and James — plus the new council members I talked to on Saturday — are well-qualified and appear ready to deal with the challenges ahead.

Because we can’t time travel and see what James and the council actually accomplished, the next best thing is this poll.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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