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Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus Re-enters The Race For Mayor

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Jolie Justus announced Thursday she would reenter the race for mayor. The news comes a week after Jason Kander dropped out.

Kansas City councilwoman Jolie Justus has re-entered the race for Kansas City mayor in 2019.

The announcement comes one week after Jason Kander withdrew from the race citing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

In a video announcing the news, Justus first thanked Kander.

“I have never been more proud to call you my friend your courage in the face of a challenge far too many people ignore is an inspiration," she said. "I wish the best to you and your family.”

In the video, Justus touted her skills as problem solver and someone who can bring people together.

“We all have the same goal: an inclusive, growing world-class city. But I think we can do it with more collaboration and less agitation,” Justus said.

The crowded field to replace Sly James in 2019 now includes six current members of the city council, plus attorney Steve Miller, businessman Phil Glynn and businesswoman Rita Berry. 

Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter and the afternoon newscaster for KCUR 89.3. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.

Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.
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