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Livability in Kansas City: Mayoral Race 2019

Posted on 03/05/19

The race for the next Mayor is heating up. Eleven candidates, including six current City Council members, are in the running to replace Sly James as the next Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri when his term ends this year. AARP is working to ensure that the candidates address livability issues that are top of mind for Kansas City voters, including housing, transportation, and pedestrian safety.

What is Livability? A livable community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing, diverse transportation options, and supportive community features and services. Once in place, these resources enhance the personal independence and health of community residents and enable residents of all ages to engage in a community’s civic, economic and social life. Policy makers at the federal, state and local levels play a huge role in designing and maintaining cities, towns and neighborhoods so they are active places where residents of all ages can live, work and play.

Why is the Kansas City Mayoral race important to AARP? For years, AARP in Kansas City has been engaged in work that addresses the livability of our community, such as improving transit, the walkability of neighborhoods, pedestrian safety, and innovative public spaces. These are issues of great importance to older voters – and voters age 50+ show up to the polls. AARP is working to ensure that the candidates for Mayor make livability issues a priority in the race. Whoever the next Mayor is, he or she will have a livability champion in AARP – a champion willing to work hard to make Kansas City an even better place to live for people of all ages.


Join us! Telephone Town-hall Forum with City Manager, Troy Schulte

Register NOW to join a telephone town-hall discussion on livability in Kansas City with AARP Missouri and special guest, City Manager Troy Schulte. The call will take place on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00am CT. Just sign up and we’ll call you at 10:00am on March 20th! We’ll be talking about the livability of Kansas City and initiatives that are underway to make our city an even better place to live, grow, play and retire. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions of AARP and Mr. Schulte live on the call.


50+ Voters in Kansas City Have Spoken – AARP Kansas City Livability Survey

In January 2019, AARP surveyed 800 registered voters ages 50+ in Kansas City. The voters identified three priority areas of concern for the next Mayor – access to transportation, pedestrian safety and affordable housing. Older Kansas Citians want to stay in their homes and communities as they age and AARP is committed to supporting the efforts of cities, towns, counties and states to make that possible. Check out the full survey report HERE.


Join us! Kansas City Mayoral Forum

Kansas City residents ages 50+ are a powerful voting bloc. Making the community an even better place to live, work and play is top of mind as they choose the city’s next leader. Be the difference in Kansas City’s future. Join AARP for a mayoral candidate forum on March 26th at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch from 7:30am – 9:00am. Ask candidates how they plan to make Kansas City and even better place to live for people of all ages. Registration is required.


Important Election Dates and Reminders

  • April 2, 2019 – Primary Election for Kansas City, MO Mayor
  • June 25, 2019 – General Election for Kansas City, MO Mayor
  • Polling Locations

Meet the Candidates


2019 AARP Community Challenge

The 2019 AARP Community Challenge is funding quick action projects in areas such as housing, transportation, public space and “Smart Cities” that spark change and help build momentum to improve livability for all residents.

Have a great project for your community? Apply now! Application deadline is 11:59 PM (ET) on April 17, 2019.

In 2018, the AARP Community Challenge funded two projects in Missouri. BetterBlockKC received a great to fund the installation of an enhanced crosswalk, parking, protected bike lanes and floating bus stops to promote safety and more pedestrian activity along Oak Street. The City of Raymore also received a grant for a new, paved and stamped crosswalk on Municpal Circle to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and increase connectivity between nearby civic buildings.


From left, Gladstone Mayor R.D. Mallams, AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman, and Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Director Justin Merkey

AARP Kansas City – Investing in Community Livability

Gladstone’s Hobby Hill Park underwent a major renovation in 2018 to make way for three new playgrounds (two for children, one for adults), a walking trail and garden. The intergenerational renovation project was funded, in part, by a $20,000 donation from AARP. The Hobby Hill Park project is one of many AARP-backed efforts to encourage the development of livable communities throughout Missouri. For more, click HERE.

This story is provided by AARP Missouri. Visit the AARP Missouri page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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