Four candidates have filed for the primary election for the County Legislature 3rd District seat, including two Democrats who filed during this week’s extra filing period after longtime incumbent Dennis Waits withdrew.
Charlie Franklin and Lois McDonald, both of Independence, filed this week, joining Paul Wrabec of Sugar Creek. They face off in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.
Brice Stewart of Independence is lone Republican candidate.
The 3rd District covers much of Independence.
“I want Independence to have a voice on that board,” McDonald said. “I think it’s important that we do that.”
The Independence Chamber of Commerce brought McDonald on board several years ago to turn around its flagship event, the annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival. She continues to oversee that event for the chamber.
McDonald said she’s always eager to get in there and roll up her sleeves.
“I think … my work speaks for itself,” she said.
McDonald ran for mayor of Independence in 2006, when Don Reimal won his first term in office.
“I think I’m just not done with public service,” she said.
Franklin said he decided to run after Waits gave him a nudge and offered his support.
“I’ve been following county politics for years and years and helped a few of them, and when Denny called and said he wasn’t going to run, he asked I would like to run,” Franklin said. “He said if I wanted to get in, he would help me.”
Franklin, who ran unsuccessfully for the Independence City Council as a 24-year-old in 1980, said he has no particular agenda other than for everyone to do what they can “to get the county going forward.”
“I would try to make it where everybody got along,” he said, “and we need to resolve the jail situation.”