Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Election Results

Following Tuesday's election, some races are over, while others are just beginning.
The primary sets in place candidates from each party who will be facing off in November. In Jackson County, however, there were a number of races in which no Republican had filed. The primary election took on extra importance then for the following seats and their winners:
• Jackson County Sheriff - Mike Sharp
• State Senate - Jason Holsman (7th District) and Kiki Curls (9th District)
• State Rep.- Bonnaye Mims (27th District), and Kevin McManus (36th District)
A contentious race between three Democratic candidates for State Representative in the 37th District-Joe Runions, Chris Moreno and Mike Sager-has resulted in Grandview Alderman Joe Runions facing Republican Nola Wood for the seat in November.
Republican Jacob Turk won a four-way battle to once again challenge Emanuel Cleaver for the U.S. Representative seat in the 5th District.
In the race for a U.S. Senator seat, Claire McCaskill (D) will face Todd Akin (R) in November.
Some of the state-wide races that have lined up for November for the Democrats and Republicans are as follows:
• Governor - Jay Nixon (D) will face Dave Spence (R)
• Lt. Governor - Susan Montee (D) will face Peter Kinder (R).
A Missouri Constitutional Amendment generally nicknamed the "Right to Pray" was overwhelmingly approved.
And Kansas City voters approved two questions on their ballot as well. Question 1 will raise KCMO's sales tax by 1/2 cent, but replace other taxes and fees, in order to fund the maintenance and operation of Kansas City's many parks, parkways, boulevards, and community centers.
Question 2, also approved by voters, allows KCMO to authorize $500 million in revenue bonds to upgrade the sanitary sewer system, as mandated by the federal government, to reduce overflows of combined sewage and storm water. 

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