In Kansas City, Missouri’s, mayoral election, Jolie Justus raised twice as much as fellow city council member Quinton Lucas as of May 9. Reports filed 40 days out from the election showed Justus had raised $1.02 million compared to $497,000 raised by Lucas. Justus had also spent $755,000 to Lucas’ $351,000.
The only polling released in the general election shows Lucas with a lead, however. A Remington Research poll conducted in mid-April gave Lucas a 38-31 edge, with 31 percent of respondents undecided and a 4 percent margin of error.
The general election will take place on June 18. Lucas and Justus advanced from a field of 11 candidates on April 2. In that contest, Justus received 22.8 percent of the vote and Lucas received 18.4 percent. The winner of the general election will succeed term-limited Mayor Sly James (D).
Thirty-one mayoral elections in the 100 largest cities are being held in 2019. In 20 of those cities, the pre-election incumbent is Democratic. Seven pre-election incumbents are Republican, three are independent, and the affiliation of one is unknown. Justus served as a Democratic state senator, while Lucas’ party affiliation is not publicly known.