A favorite player from the Royals glory years is a step closer to a seat on the Jackson County Legislature. Also, a longtime Lee’s Summit legislator appeared to narrowly lose in Tuesday’s primary.
Frank White won Tuesday’s Democratic primary over Kansas City firefighter and union leader Sherwood Smith in the county’s 1st District at large. White, of Lee’s Summit, takes on Republican Weldon Woodward of Levasy in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is being vacated by Democrat Theresa Garza-Ruiz after two four-year terms.
The 1st District at large is generally the northeastern third of the county. That’s where the candidates have to live, but all county voters have a vote on at-large seats. White won easily, with 77.3 percent of 44,483 votes cast.
In the Republican primary in the county’s 6th District – Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, the Lakewood area, much of Raytown and a few precincts in Kansas City – unofficial results late Tuesday showed Theresa Galvin of Kansas City edging incumbent Bob Spence. It was close. The race was decided by just about 130 votes out of almost 10,000 case – 4,986, or 50.65 percent for Galvin, to 4,857, or 49.3 percent, for Spence. No one other party has a candidate in the race, so Galvin in unopposed in the fall.
Because of a lack of candidates in other parties, Tuesday’s primaries decided six of the nine races for the Legislature, and there will be at least three new legislators in January.
Three candidates were unopposed Tuesday and are unopposed in November:
• Democrat Tony Miller of Lee’s Summit, will replace Democrat Fred Arbanas of Lee’s Summit, who is retiring, in the 3rd District at large (generally the southwest area of the county).
• Incumbent Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs, in the 5th District (parts of Independence, plus Buckner, Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs).
• Incumbent Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City, in the 1st District (the west side of Kansas City, plus an area reaching the stadiums and the Blue Ridge Crossing area on the eastern edge of Kansas City).
Two Democrats who won Tuesday have no opposition in the fall:
• Incumbent Dan Tarwater defeated fellow Democrat Gary Amerine of Kansas City in the 4th District (Grandview and much of south Kansas City). Tarwater got 6,153 votes, or 74.3 percent, to 2,124, or 25.6 percent, for Amerine.
• In the 2nd District (much of the central, east and south parts of Kansas City, plus parts of Raytown), Alfred B. Jordan of Kansas City defeated two fellow Democrats in Tuesday’s primary. Jordan is unopposed in November and will replace Ken Bacchus in January.
Jordan won easily, with 5,927 votes, or 66.7 percent, to 2,309, or 25.9 percent, for Sterling L. Brown of Raytown; and 651 votes, or 7.3 percent, for Zachary L. Berkstresser of Kansas City.
In addition to the White-Woodward race in the 1st District at large, two other races are contested in November:
• In the 2nd District at large (most of Kansas City and much of Raytown), incumbent Crystal Williams of Kansas City on Tuesday defeated is Shere Alam of Kansas City in the Democratic primary. She faces Republican Robert Stringfield of Kansas City in November. Williams won easily, with 33,322 votes, or 85.1 percent, to 5,814, or 14.8 percent, for Alam.
• In the 3rd District (Sugar Creek and Independence north of Interstate 70, stretching from Interstate 435 to the Little Blue River), three candidates will meet in November. Democrat Dennis Waits is seeking an eighth term. The challengers are Republican Raymond Wilson and Constitution Party candidate Richard McKie. All three live in Independence.
Also in November, County Executive Mike Sanders, a Democrat from Independence, is seeking a third term, facing Republican Brice Stewart of Independence and Libertarian Richard Tolbert of Kansas City.