A group that tried to prompt a recall election against Kansas City's 3rd District Councilman, Jermaine Reed, has failed.
The group needed 1,633 signatures to prompt such an election. Earlier this month, it had turned in 667 valid signatures of registered 3rd District voters.
The group then had 10 days to try to meet the required number, and turned in another batch today. But Shawn Kieffer, a director with the Kansas City Election Board, said this evening that the new batch contained only about 400 signatures. He said election board officials will still verify those signatures, but it's clear the effort was insufficient. "It's definitely failed," Kieffer said.
Reed's opponents argued that he wasn't doing enough to represent neighbors who are being displaced by the planned East Patrol police station near 27th and Prospect.
But Reed has repeatedly said he is doing everything he can to ensure the city makes fair purchase offers to homeowners in the planned East Patrol site. He has also said he's working hard to represent all his constituents in the 3rd District and throughout Kansas City.