TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY 3RD DISTRICT CANDIDATE CRISPIN REA RESIGNS FOR RACE, ENDORSES QUINTON LUCAS AND HINTS AT NEW URBAN CORE ORGANIZING PROJECT!!!
This morning our TKC blog community is BREAKING NEWS that will resonate across the Kansas City political landscape and close readers might even get a hint at how things are going to change even more so . . .
To wit . . .
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! 3RD DISTRICT CANDIDATE CRISPIN REA RESIGNS FROM THE RACE AND OFFERS HIS ENDORSEMENT TO QUINTON LUCAS!!!
It's a classy move and we'll get to the presser in a bit . . .
But here's something to think about . . .
IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TKC, WE LEARNED THAT CRISPIN IS WORKING ON A COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROJECT THAT COULD OFFER MORE SUPPORT TO LATINO CANDIDATES AND POLITICAL CONCERNS IN THE URBAN CORE!!!
In both politics and the non-profit world there's a lot of interest in mobilizing and empowering the the growing number of Latinos in the urban core. As of late, there are a litany or Catholic, union and social justice organizations which have taken up causes related to immigration, poverty and advocacy but few of them have been able to translate their concerns to the political world. In the very near future, that could soon change.
But for now, here's a very gracious exit from a 3rd District contest . . . Check it:
CRISPIN REA ENDORSES QUINTON LUCAS, RESIGNS FROM RACE
Rea thanks supporters, citing need for continued work on poverty and inequality Kansas City, MO—This week, I announced that I will no longer seek election to the Kansas City Council, Third District At-Large seat. For those few people following the 2015 election cycle at this early time, I felt I owed you an explanation.
The dire needs of the Third District, Kansas City’s poorest, most segregated, and murderous district, require a steadfast commitment to changing this crisis. The singular focus, energy, and drive needed for this challenge cannot be overstated. I realized that at this moment, my ability did not match my focus, which was divided such that I would not have been at my best to provide the leadership required to move the Third District forward.
I have spent the last couple of years working to address, researching, and living the challenges of the Third District. Timing was my enemy this campaign cycle, but perhaps it can be my friend as I take this time to further explore the depth of the ills plaguing the Third District.
As I exit this fight, I am proud to endorse Quinton Lucas, a thoughtful, charismatic attorney and law professor whose intelligence and resources are matched only by his moral commitment to socio-economic equality and compassion for those in need. Quinton understands the struggles and the challenges of working families, and will devote his career to listening to the many and diverse voices of our city, employing empirically tested ideas to meet their needs.
Mayor Sly James and the Council have accomplished great progress for Kansas City in only a few short years, but much work remains for poverty and inequality.
A child living in Kansas City has only a 7% chance of moving from the bottom fifth of income to the top fifth in his or her lifetime. Average hourly wages for almost 70% of KC-area workers are declining at 5.2% annually, adjusted for inflation; median household income in the KC-area shrank by 11% over the past decade.
KC ranks 13th on a list of the most income-segregated cities in the United States. In 2012, Kansas City had the fifth highest homicide rate in the entire nation. Kansas City has the second highest black homicide rate in the country at two times the national average.
Mayor James has taken the important first steps to combat these problems, launching the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and Turn the Page KC, supporting better access to employment and targeted growth through Advance KC and 21st century transit options, and working to protect the Third District through KC NOVA.
I ran because I want to make my city strong again, which will not happen in the midst of such staggering inequality. These problems are solvable, but require a paradigm shift in political participation.
That’s why I am eternally grateful, to all of the friends and supporters I have met throughout this process, who are committed to this just cause. The future of our city is bright because of people like you, willing to sacrifice and stand up for a stronger Third District, and a stronger Kansas City.