KANSAS CITY POWER RANKINGS TONIGHT: QUICKIE CITY COUNCIL REVIEW!!!
For the most part the City Council in KCMO has flown under the radar for the holiday season. There are a great many fights to preview but for right now we want to acknowledge a few of the strongest and most influential among this collection of elected officials.
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CHECK THE TOP FIVE MOST POWERFUL KANSAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS!!!
There will more to talk about in the coming days and weeks but for now let's look at where we stand. Take a peek:
1st District In-District: Heather Hall
The only avowed Conservative on the Council. Heather Hall has made a name for herself by asking tough questions, standing up for police against cuts and reaching out to her colleagues in order to bring more resources across the bridge. If the future of KC is in the Northland, then Heather Hall is a big part of that future.
3rd District At-Large: Quinton Lucas
He's the favorite Council Member among Kansas City's elite and most of the 3rd District power brokers as well - The ability of Mr. Lucas to bridge that divide is the secret to his success as virtually everyone in this cowtown counts themselves as his supporter, if not outright fan.
2nd District At-Large: Teresa Loar
She has provided a voice of reason to ask tough questions of Single-Terminal Airport supporters and their scheme. Behind the scenes she has proven to be the far more successful politician in a battle of wills betwixt Mayor Sly James as the City Hall honcho now offers her (and her constituents) special consideration rather than risk fighting with her openly. Give her credit for being the only politico at City Hall to understand that playing nice with Mayor Sly never works, it's better just to be straightforward about city issues rather than trying to schmooze this town's greatest schmoozer.
4th District: Jolie Justus
Without question she's beloved in the 4th District. Jolie Justus gracefully represents everything that Midtown Kansas City progressives want to show the world. While Council Lady Justus has confronted trouble dealing with the nuts and bolts of her job like crime-prevention, developer influence and neighborhood complaints - Her overall politics and image continues to win her the loyalty of most 4th District denizens.
6th District At-Large: Scott Taylor
Give him credit where its due - Scott Taylor wants to be mayor and he's the FIRST to put it out there for all to witness. Connections to D.C. and some of the most fearsome consultants in Kansas City have propelled him to the top of the local political food chain as he moves to take the next step in his career.
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As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.