Three Independence Democrats are running for an open seat in the Missouri House in what so far appears to be among the most closely contested August primaries in the area.
State Rep. Ira Anders of Independence is prevented by term limits from running again. He represents the 21st District, which covers much of Independence, from west of the Square east almost to Susquehanna and south almost to Centerpoint Medical Center
There’s a three-way race among Republicans for the House seat vacated last year by Rep. Mike Cierpiot, who won a special election for a Missouri Senate seat. They are James L. Lowman of Independence and Jon Patterson and Christopher Hankins, both of Lee’s Summit.
That’s in the 30th District, which which includes five precincts in south Independence as well as parts of Blue Springs and the Lakewood area of Lee’s Summit.
Filing runs through March 27. House terms are two years; Senate terms are four years, Other races for seats in the General Assembly.
• Jeff Coleman, a Grain Valley Republican, is so far unopposed for the open seat in District 32, which includes Blue Springs north of I-70 as well as most of Grain Valley and Oak Grove and areas north of those cities. Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, cannot run again because of term limits and is running for a seat in the Jackson County Legislature.
• Libertarian Jeremy T. Utterback of Raytown is taking on incumbent Democrat Jerome Barnes of Kansas City, who is seeking a second term in the 28th District, which includes a small piece of southwest Independence south of U.S. 40 as well as most of Raytown and parts of Kansas City.
• Ingrid Burnett, D-Kansas City, is unopposed so far for a second term in the 19th District, which includes parts of Sugar Creek and northwest Independence as well as northeast Kansas City.
• Bill Kidd, R-Independence, is unopposed so far for a third term in the 20th District, which runs from Sugar Creek to northeast Independence to Buckner.
• Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, is unopposed so far for a fourth term in the 22nd District, which includes much of western Independence as well as part of the east side of Kansas City.
• Rory Rowland, D-Independence, is unopposed to far for a second full term in the 29th District, which covers central Independence and runs south into the eastern edge of Kansas City.
• Dan Stacy, R-Blue Springs, is unopposed so far for a second term in the 31st District, which is most of Blue Springs south of Interstate 70.
• Donna Pfautsch, R-Harrisonville, is unopposed so far for a fourth term in the 33rd District, which includes the southern edge of Grain Valley, the southeast edge of Blue Springs and part of Oak Grove as well as Lake Lotawana, Lone Jack, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville.
• Glen Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa, is unopposed so far for a fourth term in the 53rd District, which is mostly in Johnson and Lafayette counties but also includes the Levasy area.
• State Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, and Hillary Shields, D-Lee’s Summit, appear headed for a rematch of their 2017 special election. They are the only candidates to have filed so far in District 8, which includes Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and most of Lee’s Summit.
Filing also has opened for Congress. House terms are two years; Senate terms are six years:
• In Missouri’s 5th District for the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Kress Chambers of Independence has filed to run against Democrat Emanuel Cleaver II of Kansas City, who is seeking an eighth term. The district includes most of Kansas City, most of Independence, most of Blue Springs south of I-70 and much of Lee’s Summit. Also: Grain Valley and Oak Grove south of I-70, and four counties to the east.
• Winston Apple of Independence and Henry Robert Martin of Kansas City, both Democrats, and Libertarian Dan Hogan of St. Peters have filed to run against Republican Sam Graves of Tarkio, Mo., who is seeking a ninth term. The district is generally Missouri north of the Missouri River but also includes the eastern edges of Independence, the Lakewood area, Blue Springs west of M-7 and south of Clark, Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove north of I-70, and Buckner, Levasy and Sibley.
• Democrat Claire McCaskill is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate, though as of Tuesday she had not filed. Six Democrats have, as have nine Republicans, chiefly Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley as well as Kristi Nichols of Independence. Also in the running: Libertarian Japheth Campbell of Springfield.