Kansas City Council changing as big decisions loom
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City's next City Council will have several new members, with some big decisions coming up.
While Mayor Sly James apparently will not have a strong challenger for re-election, seven of the 12 incumbents on the City Council are leaving, either because of term limits or resignations. Other members have serious challengers.
The deadline to file for mayor or the council was Tuesday.
The Kansas City Star reports that James has encountered little opposition from the current council. But that could change when the new council takes up issues such as extending a streetcar route, the future of Kemper Arena and proposed changes to the city's airport.
The primary is April 7. The general election June 23. The new council takes office Aug. 1.