A Glimpse Inside the Life of Sly James

Kansas City's mayor on his favorite lunch spot, life lessons, and places to woo his valentine.


   I typically wake up in the middle of the night — often 3ish. It’s hard to turn off my brain. I get up for good between 6 and 7 a.m.

Can't leave home without: both phones, ear buds, iPad, Apple Pencil,  United States Marine Corps Challenge Coin, my personal Challenge Coin, keys and having taken my meds.

   I like Ragazza Food & Wine in Westport. I love the Italian sausage artichoke soup, meatball grande and orecchiette with Italian sausage and kale.

   Office touches: there’s stuff everywhere. I’m very tactile, so I like art I can touch, like African masks, beaded robes and headdresses.

   On the biggest thing that’s happened in his tenure: working collaboratively with Turn the Page KC to improve third-grade reading proficiency from 33 percent to 54 percent today.

   My father is my hero. He worked hard, made a name for himself, built a successful business and taught us discipline.

   I love books by Leon Uris, John Steinbeck and Brad Thor.

   On the most romantic place he’s taken his wife: Italy — Rome, Florence and Lake Como.

   Currently binge watching: “Ozark.”

By the numbers: 80 bowties in his collection, 3-8 meetings attended daily, 7 years as mayor of Kansas City. Mo., 4 areas of focus: education, employment, efficiency and enforcement.


personal belongings of sly james

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