KC Currents
12:50 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed Reflects On First Year

Kansas City’s Third District faces multiple challenges — a 14 percent unemployment rate, crime and the highest poverty rate in the city.

Last year, Jermaine Reed was elected to represent the Third District. He's the youngest councilman ever to serve on the City Council. Enthusiastic supporters said Reed represented fresh ideas and a youth perspective.

But before long, he was criticized for being politically naïve and inexperienced, launching a recall effort that was eventually abandoned.