KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is set to inaugurate its new mayor.
Quinton Lucas will take office following a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning at City Hall.
Lucas, a 34-year-old black man, will succeed two-term Mayor Sly James. He defeated outgoing Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the mayor’s race in June.
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. Despite those struggles, Lucas won academic scholarships to a prestigious private school in Kansas City and then to Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell Law School. He is a practicing attorney and a member of the University of Kansas law faculty.
Six new and six returning members of the City Council also will take office Thursday.