Thursday, April 11, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDERS: SOUTHLAND DECIDES KANSAS CITY MAYOR'S RACE!!!
Our last installment in the political implications of tiny geopolitics in Kansas City offers a hint at the conclusion of the contest for control of city hall.
On Sunday we noted the Northland bias against Jolie Justus.
And this week we talked about capitalist power players in The Corridor lining up against Quinton Lucas.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS REVEAL: SOUTHLAND VOTERS DICTATE NEXT KANSAS CITY MAYOR!!!
Let's unpack this premise with a relevant example from this election . . .
More than anyone else, 5th District Council Lady Alissia Canady signaled change in Kansas City voting with her mayoral bid.
A quick look at the polling numbers tells many insiders that:
Southeast Kansas City and not the 3rd District is now the dominant enclave for African-American voters. Even more interestingly, local powerhouse group Freedom, Inc. cannot claim control of this neighborhood and that means the district is up for grabs.
Council Lady Canady started her tenure by beating Freedom, Inc. and toward the end of her Mayoral run the Quinton Lucas camapign was terrified that she would siphon away their votes. Whilst endorsements mostly don't matter, Team Quinton should get down on their hands and knees and beg Council Lady Canady for her recommendation that has the potential to swing more than a few votes.
Further South and to the west . . .
Cerner development has a lot of promise for the area and was championed by the Administration of Mayor James. However, it's an open secret that the workers for this corporation don't live or vote in SKC and the "campus" is really more of fortress protecting workers from the surrounding community.
And so that leaves us with the old school Southland residents who have been largely excluded from so much hype about the momentum, vibrancy and density taking hold in Kansas City.
Sure, Red Bridge was remodeled in manner that miffed most residents but, on the bright side . . . A Southland mass killing is going to trial this month after a five year wait.
A few more demographic fun facts . . .
- South of the corridor is a huge Catholic enclave that might not find the "progressive" pitch for Jolie Justus convincing.
- The demographics of the Southland are changing overall with more renters moving this direction as costs spike in the heavily populated sections of Kansas City.
- The Southland is home to a great many of KC's greying population and they vote with more intensity and dedication than their hipster neighbors in Midtown or the Crossroads.
For these reasons and so many more, whilst we don't make predictions or endorsements . . . Our TKC blog community advises . . .
THE CANDIDATE WHO CAN INSPIRE VOTERS IN THE SOUTHLAND DECISIVELY WINS THE KANSAS CITY MAYORAL RACE!!!
You decide . . .