Thursday, January 6, 2011

Candidates File for Mayor, Council, School Boards

By Andrea Wood

Candidates continue to add their names to the ballot to be considered for several locally- elected positions. Grandview and Kansas City residents will be electing new mayors and city council members, while Hickman Mills C-1 and Grandview C-4 school district patrons will select school board members.
There is also a State Senator seat open due to the resignation of Yvonne Wilson. Candimust file with the Secretary of State by January 15th.
If you have ever considered serving as a public official, you still have time to do so. Filing will continue for the two school boards and the City of Grandview until January 18th. Kansas City residents have until January 25th to do so.

KANSAS CITY
In Kansas City, as of press time, four residents had filed for the mayor’s seat: Councilmember Deb Hermann, Mike Burke, Sylvester “Sly” James and Henry Klein. Current Mayor Mark Funkhouser has
launched his re-election campaign as well.
 The term of office is four years. Anticipated starting annual salary for Kansas City’s Mayor is $128,082.
For KC City Council, there are two types of seats: a regular councilmember who lives in the district and is elected only by voters in that district, and an at-large councilmember who lives in the district but is elected by all Kansas City voters.
As of press time, 6th District Councilman John Sharp had filed for re-election, and Terrence Nash had filed as well.
Current 6th District At-Large Councilmember Cathy Jolly announced this fall that she would not run for re-election. Those who have filed to fill the seat as of press time include current 50th District State Representative Michael Brown, as well as Delmira Quarles and Center School Board Vice-President Scott Taylor—Jolly’s husband.
The term of office is four years, and starting annual salary is anticipated at $64,032.
The primary election for these seats will be held on February 22, 2011. The two candidates who received the most votes per seat will then go on to the general election on March 22, 2011. Those elected will officially fill their positions as of May 1, 2011.
For a complete list of candidates and qualifications, see the city clerk’s webpage at: www.kcmo.org

CITY OF GRANDVIEW
Grandview residents will be electing a new Mayor, Judge, and Aldermen from each of the city’s three Wards in April.
At press time, there are two candidates for mayor, Alderman Steve Dennis and Alderman Leonard Jones.
Those wishing to run for mayor must be at least 25 years of age; a U.S. citizen; a resident of Grandview at the time of and at least 1 year before election; a registered voter and must be current on all City taxes and fees, including business licenses and personal and real property taxes, before the close of filing for office.
For the Aldermen seats, Brent Steeno has filed for Ward I; Joe Runions has filed for re-election in Ward II; and current Alderman Tony Preyer has two challengers, Cornelius Blow and Traci Marshall, for Ward III.
Candidates must be at least 21 years of age; a U.S. citizen; a resident of the ward from which elected;  Must be resident of Grandview at least 1 year before election; a registered voter; and be current on all City taxes and fees, including business licenses and personal and real property taxes, before the close of filing for office.
For Municipal Judge, Donald Crow has filed fore re-election.
For more information, see www.grandview.org and click on City Clerk or call 816-316-4800.

STATE SENATOR - DISTRICT 9
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a Writ of Election to fill the vacancy in the office of State Senate,  District 9. This vacancy was created by the resignation of Senator Yvonne Wilson.  Candidates nominated by the political parties or by petition must file their declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2011 for the special election to be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
Candidates who have filed so far include Shalonn (Kiki) Curls (Democrat) and Nola Wood (Republican).
Candidates for State Senate must be at least 30 years of age; a qualified Missouri voter for three years before election; and a resident of the district which he is chosen to represent for 1 year before election.

GRANDVIEW C-4 SCHOOL DISTRICT
On the Grandview school board, three 3-year term positions are up for election.
Allen Meyer, Amber Woodrome and Elliott Threatt’s seats are up for re-election. As of press time, Woodrome had filed as a candidate.  Also filing as a candidate as of press time are Barbara Polette, Ron E. Haley, and Meagan Jackson.
Candidates must at least be 24 years old; a U.S. citizen, resident tax payer of the school district, and will have resided in Missouri for at least one year from the election date.  For more info and full qualifications, call 316-5000.

HICKMAN MILLS C-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Hickman Mills school board has three 3-year term positions up for election.
Current school board members Breman Anderson, Debbie Aiman and Bonnaye Mims have all filed for re-election. In addition, two other candidates have filed--Dan Osman and Shawn Kirkwood.
Candidates must at least be 24 years old; a U.S. citizen, resident tax payer of the school district, and will have resided in Missouri for at least one year from the election date.  For more info and full qualifications, call 316-7000.

JACKSON COUNTY #1 WATER BOARD
Two seats are up for election on the Jackson County Public Water Supply District #1 Board of Directors--one from Subdistrict No. 1 and one from Subdistrict No. 3.
Subdistrict No. 1 is described as follows: The West boundary of the District and 119th Street;  East along 119th Street, to the East boundary of the District; South along the East boundary of the District to High Grove Road; West along High Grove Road to 71 Hwy;  North along U.S. 71 to Main Street and West along Main Street to the West boundary of the District.
Subdistrict No. 3 is described as follows: The West boundary of the District and Main Street; East along Main Street to 71 Hwy; South along 71 to 139th Street; West along 139th Street to the West boundary of the District; North along West boundary.
Candidates must be at least 25 years old, and a resident within the District for one year prior to election.
For more information and full qualifications, call (816) 761-5421.

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