After more than a year of plague, protest and political upheaval Kansas City is more divided than ever. And now it's time to make that official.
To wit with special thanks to THE VERY BEST MOST KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS . . .
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! MAYOR Q REVEALS THE 2021 REDISTRICTING COMMISH!!!
For those who don't know, these folks will determine council district lines and basically decide how this town votes . . .
Right out of the gate we notice that a future council contender is part of the leadership team . . . But we're certain they'll resolve any conflict.
Something to consider for those "in the know" . . . There are some major power players on the list and they're not coming from the Northland . . . Where a great deal of population growth has settled.
We anticipate a great deal of push back against city hall during this process and the debate should be interesting as Midterms approach and political neophytes talk "voter suppression" without realizing how much The Voting Rights Act of 1965 guides this process.
Take a peek . . .
I hope you enjoyed the Labor Day Weekend.
As you know, Kansas City Charter Section 203(b) requires the City Council to draw new districts, based upon the last official federal census, not later than the last day of December of the year of the publication of the official federal census. Because we have now received census data, our important work can begin in earnest.
As such, the 2021 Redistricting Commission will meet regularly in public meetings for the next several weeks, and will produce its recommendations to the City Council by Dec. 1. The Commission will convene for the first time tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. on the 10th Floor of City Hall. That, and all future meetings, will be streamed live on KCMO Channel 2. I share the commission members below. Thank you for your help in this process and I look forward to our full review and passage of the proposed map before the end of the year.
Please let me or my new Chief of Staff Morgan Said (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any comments or questions.
Kansas City Redistricting Commission:
Stephenie Smith, Chair, At-Large, First District resident, Partner, Sophic Solutions, management and equity consultant
Pedro Zamora, At-Large, Fourth District resident, President and CEO of Hispanic Economic Development Corporation
Reid Day, At-Large, Sixth District resident, Attorney, Lathrop GPM
Mike Kellam, First District, VP for Business Development, McClure Engineering
Martin Rucker, Second District, Construction Industry Owner, Martin T. Rucker Development
Clinton Adams, Jr., Third District, Attorney, Adams Law
Vicki Noteis, Fourth District, President, Collins Noteis & Associates, former Director of City Planning and Development for Kansas City
Dr. Cokethea Hill, Fifth District, CEO, BLAQUE Kansas City, former Fifth District City Councilwoman
Chris Lewellen, Sixth District, Investor and Restaurateur, The Well Restaurant Group, Lew's, Charlie Hooper's
Update statement from Mayor Q released about an hour after our TKC FIRST post . . .
“Over the past 10 years, Kansas City’s population has steadily grown—and I am proud to now have more than 500,000 residents living in our city, reaching the highest population number in our city’s history,” Lucas said. “As we work to build a vibrant city for all, it is important for us to ensure Kansas Citians in all neighborhoods have fair representation at City Hall. Each City Council district is represented on this Commission by an individual with a strong understanding of and strong ties to their home district, and will be chaired by Ms. Stephenie Smith from Kansas City’s Northland. The Kansas Citians who will serve on our Redistricting Commission showcase the strength and diversity of our city, and I know they will each commit themselves to recommending a fair map to City Council. I thank all who have agreed to lend their time and talent to this vital work.”
Developing . . .