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Congressional Candidate Amanda Adkins | Wyandotte County District Attorney | Kansas City Evictions

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Lisa Rodriguez
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KCUR 89.3
Tiana Caldwell, center, and the KC Tenants group is working to amplify the voices and experiences of renters in the Kansas City metro.

A former state chairwoman for Kansas Republican Party is running for U.S. Congress, Mark Dupree defends his record in office, and two renters share their experience facing eviction during a pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:21: If she wins in next week's primary, Amanda Adkins will face Rep. Sharice Davids in November's general election.

Amanda Adkins is running for Congress, in part, because 3rd District residents tell her they don’t hear much from Democratic incumbent Rep. Sharice Davids. "People are looking for real leadership — someone they can believe in," Adkins said.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:00: As the primary election draws near, District Attorney Mark Dupree is catching criticism.

A pair of editorials in the Kansas City Star over the last week highlighted much of the negative feedback that community members have about the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office under Mark Dupree. Today the outspoken DA fired back, and discussed his conduct in office and hopes for reelection.

Segment 3, beginning at 38:06: Some Kansas City tenants are wondering how they will pay rent.

Rent is due on Saturday, a federal eviction moratorium expired last week and expanded unemployment benefits are set to end soon. The compounding situation means many more renters in Kansas City could soon face the prospect of eviction and possible homelessness.

  • Tiana Caldwell, KC Tenants board president
  • Mars Smith, renter facing eviction
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The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.