TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! LIVE FROM TONIGHT'S KANSAS CITY NAACP AUG. 7TH PRIMARY CANDIDATE FORUM!!!
This evening at The Bruce Watkins Cultural Center the Kansas City NAACP hosted a candidate forum attended by more than a hundred voters.
While the NAACP isn't making any endorsements, this is likely the only forum before the Aug. 7th Primary in the 3rd District.
Here are just a few images and what we heard at the forum . . .
3rd District Councilman Jermain Reed was in attendance and seemed to be listening closely.
On stage when we arrived State Senate District 7 Candidate Jason Hoslman was speaking. At the right edge of the image . . . Jackson County Sheriff Candidates George R. Poletis and Dwon Littlejohn.
The highlights of this part of the discussion . . .
Jason Holsman noted that his priorities as a State Senator included Kansas City Public Schools and building sustainable and working to develop a new economic model of sustainable jobs for the urban core.
In a lively part of the forum, the Sheriff's candidates discussed diversity and racial profiling.
Mr. Poletis emphasized his law enforcement record of working in a diverse field and experience in searching for the best candidate for the job.
Dwon Littlejohn cited employment numbers for The Jackson County Sheriff's office and noted that increasing the level of diversity was one of his main priorities. He intended to accomplish this goal by looking for job candidates already working in the prison system and searching for new applicants at Community Colleges.
Democrat Crystal Williams for MO State Senate and Incumbent Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp were not in attendance.
Eugene Stanford Jr. and Anamarie Jackson are NAACP members who helped to organize the informational event.
Johnson County NAACP Leader Henry Lyons and NAACP Member Ron Finley directed the forum and took questions from the crowd.
Candidates were eager to search for voters given that turnout in the primary is expected to be low.
Making his way inside the forum we captured this shot of MO House Rep. Brandon Ellington on his motorcycle.
Later we grabbed this shot of Rep. Ellington and MO House Candidate Sarah Gilloly sharing a brief conversation.
Republican 24th District Candidate Jonathan Sternberg was also in attendance which is encouraging given that he's unopposed in his primary.
Following scathing media coverage . . . MO Secretary of State candidate MD Alam was still campaigning hard. Here he is with Syed Asif (31st District), Share Alam (District 30), and spokeswoman Sharo Handcock.
Finally . . . I couldn't leave without grabbing this shot of AUTHENTIC STAGE DRESSES OF DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES ON DISPLAY FEATURED AT THE BRUCE WATKINS CENTER!!!
All things considered, it was a pretty informative evening and one of the few opportunities for Kansas City voters to ask questions of the candidates before the upcoming Aug. 7 Primary.