Kansas City Sixth District At-Large Councilmember Cathy Jolly announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in 2011, but says she will stay active in the community and in politics. Jolly will continue to serve until her term ends next year.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Kansas City,” she said. “I have enjoyed public service, and I am proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish to better our City, both as a member of the City Council, and as a former State Representative. But there are many things I still want to accomplish in my life, and I feel now is a good time to pursue those interests.”
Jolly has worked full time in public service for over a decade--as an Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor, a State Representative, and as city council member in KCMO.
As the Democrat for State Representative in Missouri’s 45th District in 2000, Jolly defeated the incumbent Republican, becoming the first Democrat in recent history to hold that seat. She was also one of the youngest women to be elected to the Missouri General Assembly.
Jolly used her keen understanding of the issues relating to crime and crime prevention as Chair of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Committee. Under her leadership, Kansas City consolidated its municipal jail with Jackson County to form the area’s first Regional Jail. This project will save Kansas City over a million dollars annually.
“I want to acknowledge the cooperation and support of Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive (and former Prosecutor), in accomplishing this worthwhile mission”, Jolly said.
Jolly also sponsored ordinances to crack down on domestic violence and worked with the KC Police Department and prosecutor’s office on many measures dealing with illegal drugs and housing code violations. Last week she sponsored an ordinance to put the renewal of Kansas City’s Public Safety Sales Tax on the ballot in November. She has also worked with the KCPD on the new South Patrol Station that will start construction this year.
Co-Chair of Kansas City’s Health Commission, Jolly headed the successful citizen-initiated campaign for a smoke-free Kansas City. She also led the way to build Kansas City’s first health clinic south of 75th street.
Jolly’s husband, Scott Taylor, is Vice President of the Center School Board and serves as a member of the COMBAT Commission. Their son, Drake, is in the first grade at Red Bridge Elementary School.
“Scott and I are both active in the community and intend to continue our involvement in the years to come,” she said.