Quinton Lucas sworn in as Kansas City’s new mayor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has inaugurated Quinton Lucas as its new mayor.
Lucas took office following a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning at City Hall.
Lucas, a 34-year-old black man, succeeds two-term Mayor Sly James. He defeated outgoing Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the mayor’s race in June.
In his inauguration speech, Lucas asked city leaders to work with him to get Kansas City off the FBI list of most violent cities, and to reduce the homicide rate.
Lucas becomes the mayor of a city where he and his family were often homeless during his childhood on Kansas City’s impoverished east side. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell Law School and is a practicing attorney.
Six new and six returning members of the City Council also took office Thursday.