KCMO has a growing problem with violent crime. What steps would you take to reduce crime in the city?
When I’ve worked with the incarcerated, their involvement in crime was really often the result of lack of opportunity and a lack of hope that they can support themselves and their families well in the “formal sector” of the economy.
The late 20th century approach to crime-fighting was just to increase the costs of committing crime. I don’t think that was particularly effective. I think a 21st century approach is to recognize that one has to have incentives for participation in the formal sector of our economy. Such incentives would, in my opinion, include a living wage being earned for our labor, infrastructure and law that supports formal employment, such as accessible health care, daycare, etc., and communities that one can live in without fear.
More directly, I think the city can help further increase awards for the provision of confidential information and encourage further opportunities for our youth in the summer and after school–consistent activities that build community, build activities, skills and interests.
Kansas City is a great place to live, but rapidly increasing price of rent is putting the city out of reach for many.
What solutions would you implement to make more affordable housing available in Kansas City, especially inner-city KCMO?
Throughout my time on Council, I have led the discussion on housing policy to move our city forward, and count the legislation I’ve passed as one of my proudest achievements. Our current Affordable Housing Plan has four important points:
● No longer will $2,000 be considered “affordable housing” in Kansas City. I’ve cut that number by more than half.
● It’s time city government lend a hand towards progress. Permits from the city will be on a less-than-60 day timeline.
● Affordable housing near public transportation lines will receive additional incentives – so we can fight emissions and promote inclusive communities development.
● Establish the Housing Trust Fund. This will bring millions of dollars to see that initiatives are brought forward and completed.
Quinton grew up in Kansas City’s urban core. Raised by a single mother and two older sisters, he learned from an early age the values of hard work, education, and perseverance. Despite experiencing homelessness as a child and moving frequently, Quinton worked to obtain academic scholarships to high school, college, and ultimately law school at Cornell University.
After graduating from Cornell, Quinton turned down job offers at large law firms in New York City and Washington, DC to return home to Kansas City where he practiced law and taught in area prisons. At age 28, Quinton earned a professorship at the University of Kansas, making him one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the United States. An accomplished business lawyer and teacher, Quinton also volunteers extensively with schools and organizations. Because he never met his own father, Quinton regularly mentors young men and women in some of the neighborhoods to ensure young people recognize their potential.
Elected citywide in 2015, Quinton has been a leading voice on the City Council, working with local businesses to drive private investment and grow jobs, particularly in economically distressed areas, championing efforts to ensure quality housing opportunities exist in all Kansas City neighborhoods, leading a once-in-a-generation reform of the City’s tax incentive policy to return public dollars to schools and libraries in every part of Kansas City, and working each day to ensure the city delivers the basic services taxpayers expect.