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KC voters send Justus, Lucas to general election, reject pre-K tax plan

Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas will face off to become Kansas City’s next mayor after earning the most votes in Tuesday’s primary.

Justus emerged from the crowded field of 11 candidates with 12,630 votes. Lucas earned the second highest, with 10,287 votes. Behind him were Alissia Canady with 7,514 votes and Steve Miller with 6,800.

Justus is a UMKC Law School alum who is wrapping up her first term on the City Council representing the 4th District, which includes UMKC’s Volker campus.

Lucas, a law professor at KU, is a first-year council member representing the city’s 3rd District.

Voters also rejected Mayor Sly James’ pre-K tax plan, which would have funded universal preschool for kids throughout the city through a three-eighth-cent sales tax.

Prior to the election, public school superintendents and every mayoral candidate besides Justus came out against the plan. While supporters claimed it would expand access to early childhood education across the city, critics argued the sales tax would disproportionately impact low-income families. Critics also objected to channeling taxpayer money to private preschools.

Click here for a full breakdown of Tuesday’s election results.

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