- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Kansas City council members have advanced in the city’s mayoral race, while voters also rejected a sales tax to fund early childhood education.

Forty-eight-year-old Jolie Justus and 34-year-old Quinton Lucas were the top two vote-getters among 11 in Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary. They’ll face off in the June 18 general election. Justus is a former two-term state senator. She had the endorsement of incumbent Mayor Sly James, who is term limited and couldn’t run again. Lucas is an attorney and lecturer and the University of Kansas School of Law.

Voters also said no a three-eighths-cent sales tax that would have paid for more preschool programs. James backed the plan, saying it would improve kindergarten readiness. But opponents said it would place an unfair burden on the city’s poor.

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