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  • County to fill Tindall seat on legislature

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  • Jackson County legislators are moving quickly to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of Legislator James Tindall.
    The likely replacement is Ken Bacchus, a former Kansas City Council member. He was among three people nominated by the Jackson County Democratic Party to replace Tindall, and the other two both endorsed him.
    Legislators are expected to vote next Monday. Tindall, a Democrat who served in the Legislature for 20 years in two different time spans in office, resigned last week. He had been seeking another term, but County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker raised questions about his eligibility for office due to a past felony conviction on tax charges.
    The Democratic Party nominated three people to fill the 2nd District seat for the rest of the year. None of the three are among those running in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary; no one in any other party is running. That term begins in January. The district covers much of central, east and south Kansas City.
    Bacchus described himself as an urban planner and consultant, and he said he was lived in Kansas City for 34 years. Also nominated were former county Director of Recrds Keith Brown and county Democratic Committee member Keith Thomas. Both endorsed Bacchus. “So he has my support wholeheartedly,” Thomas said.
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