A state representative has decided not to try for his fourth and final term in the Missouri House and, instead, will run for Kansas City mayor.
Rep. Leonard Jonas Hughes IV, who first won election to the House in 2004, has announced his candidacy for mayor. When Hughes entered the House, he was the youngest member. Hughes, a Democrat, is now 31.
Despite his age, Hughes rose in the ranks among Democrats in the House. Hughes served as Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and as Vice Chairman of the House Black Caucus. Hughes became a member of the House Budget Committee as well as the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, Committee on Fiscal Review and Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues.
Hughes counts among his accomplishments securing $84 million for the Brush Creek Corridor and helping spur the re-development of 18th and Vine.