She Didn’t Win The Mayor’s Seat, But Alissia Canady Remains A Force In Her Community


Alissia Canady is a black woman from Kansas City’s east side. In the crowded primary race for mayor last year — there were 11 candidates — she was the only woman of color.

Canady, who is 40, came in third. But don’t call that outcome a failure.

Quinton Lucas was one of Canady’s opponents in the primary race to be Kansas City’s mayor. Lucas ultimately won the election, and made Canady the chairperson of the very prominent Tax Increment Financing Commission.

Canady has had a full career, working full-time since she was a junior in high school. She’s been an attorney, former city council member, former beauty salon owner. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR

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