KCMO June 18, 2019 Election

Kansas City, Missouri June 18th, 2019 Election Information

The KCMO Mayoral and City Council-At-Large Election is on June 18, 2019.

Please see the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners Sample Ballot here. (These links will take you to the kceb.org website)

Kansas City, Missouri 2019 Election Candidate Questionnaire

In partnership with the Office of Cultural and Creative Services, ArtsKC conducted a mayoral and city council candidate survey regarding support of the Kansas City arts community. While ArtsKC does not endorse candidates for elective office, we have compiled each candidate’s position on direct municipal support of the arts industry in Kansas City, MO.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Jolie Justus - Primary Winner

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes. These events help build a healthy and vibrant community. They attract tourists, attract and retain new residents and contribute to positive social, economic and health outcomes in our community.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

We need to continue to include the arts in all policy decisions – health and public safety, transportation, housing, education and infrastructure. This includes providing funding and tools for artists and entrepreneurs. Artists invigorate our community and artists are attracted to communities that provide resources. Specifically I would like to see housing opportunities targeted to artists and the inclusion of arts in our small business incubators.

On the regional level, I would like to see a public/private partnership that integrates our arts and cultural institutions with our parks, boulevards and trail system to create a arts and cultural trail that covers the entire community.

Quinton Lucas - No Response - Primary Winner

NO RESPONSE

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Kevin B. O’Neill - 1st District At-Large

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Teresa Loar - 2nd District At-Large

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
No.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Brandon Ellington - 3rd District At-Large - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Wallace Hartsfield - 3rd District At-Large

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
No.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Katheryn Shields - 4th District At-Large

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Robert Westfall - 4th District At-Large

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Lee Barnes, Jr. - 5th District At-Large

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Dwayne Williams - 5th District At-Large - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Andrea Bough - 6th District At-Large

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

The Council must continue to support the arts and partner with our civic and business communities to ensure that our arts and cultural communities retain their unique character and flourish. I fully support the arts and will be a partner on the Council.

Stacey Johnson-Cosby - 6th District At-Large

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Melissa Robinson - 3rd District

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
No.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Joseph "Joey Cuts" Thomas - 3rd District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Geoff Jolley - 4th District

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Eric Bunch - 4th District

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Ryana Parks-Shaw - 5th District

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Edward Bell II - 5th District

1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
Yes.

2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
Yes.

5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.

Yes.

6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Kevin McManus - 6th District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

ALSO ON THE BALLOT:

MUNICIPAL JUDGES
SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
MUNICIPAL DIVISION

Judge Corey A. Carter

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Judge Joseph H. Locascio

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Judge Courtney A. Wachal

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Judge Keith R. Ludwig

More info to follow.

Judge Ardie A. Bland

More info to follow.

Judge Katherine B. Emke

More info to follow.

Judge Anne J. Labella

More info to follow.

Judge Martina L. Peterson

More info to follow.

Judge Todd D. Wilcher

More info to follow.

QUESTION NO. 1
(Initiative Petition)
(Economic Development Incentives – Ad Valorem Real Property Tax Cap)

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