Jolie Justus Reenters Mayoral Race

She left the race once Jason Kander announced his intention to run, but now that he has since exited, Justus is back on the ballot.

Jolie Justus will rejoin the 2019 race for Kansas City mayor.

Justus, who is a 4th District Kansas City Council member and former Missouri state senator, left the race when political front-runner Jason Kander announced his intention to run. However, last week, Kander left the race in order to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and Justus has now jumped back in.

In an announcement posted this morning, Justus said she is “in it to win it,” and then went on to thank Kander for his bravery in handling his challenges. “Throughout my career, I’ve been a problem solver, someone who can bring people together,” Justus said in the announcement. “Kansas City needs that now to continue the progress we’ve made together in the last eight years. 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.”

With her announcement, Justus becomes the tenth candidate in the mayoral race. Primaries are set for April 2, 2019 and the general election will be on June 25. 

Watch the full announcement here: