A candidate has filed to challenge incumbent Jackson County Legislator Greg Grounds, a Blue Springs Republican serving his first term.

A candidate has filed to challenge incumbent Jackson County Legislator Greg Grounds, a Blue Springs Republican serving his first term.

Pat Bottcher of Grain Valley has filed to run in the 5th District. The district covers an area in the central part of the county that includes Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Lake Tapawingo and then runs along Interstate 70 into parts of southern Independence – basically south of 35th Street – and the north edge of Raytown.

County legislators serve four-year terms. All nine incumbents have filed to run again. Four Democrats and both Republicans have drawn challenger in party primaries set for Aug. 3.

Filing for county and state offices closes today.