Voters will see crowded ballots for Jackson County races in August and again in November.

Voters will see crowded ballots for Jackson County races in August and again in November.

Five people are running for county executive, and 24 people – including all nine incumbents – are running for seats on the County Legislature.

County Executive Mike Sanders of Independence is running for a second term and is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Jordan B. Smith of Independence.

Two Republicans are running, Robert A. Stringfield of Kansas City and Kelly Wilkinson of Raytown.

Reform Party candidate Ellsworth Tolbert Jr. of Kansas City also is running.

The two Republicans and the two Democrats face off in the Aug. 3 primary, and those two winners face Tolbert in the Nov. 2 general election. The county executive serves a term of four years.

Terms also are four years on the Legislature, and there are contested races for seven of the nine seats:

 In the 5th District, Greg Grounds of Blue Springs, is seeking a second term and faces two challengers in the Republican primary, Patricia Bottcher of Grain Valley and Jay Still of Independence. No Democrats are running.


The district runs east to west across the middle of the county, from Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs – the area from Burgess Road to the north and Wyatt Road to the south – and reaches into Independence and a Raytown north of 59th Street. The area of Independence is roughly from the southern city limits to 35th Street, but that northern boundary also jogs north on Lee’s Summit Road and then takes R.D. Mize Road east to the Little Blue River.

 In the 3rd District, six-term incumbent Dennis Waits of Independence has two challengers in the Democratic primary, state Rep. Curt Dougherty of Independence and former County Legislator Cecil Vaughan of Independence. Republican Stan McClatchey of Independence also is running.


The district includes most of Independence north of 35th Street, as well as Sugar Creek, Sibley, Buckner and Levasy, and it goes a little into east Kansas City, as far west as Topping.

 In the 6th District, incumbent Bob Spence of Lee’s Summit is being challenged by fellow Republican Joseph C. Spallo of Lee’s Summit. Two Democrats, Syed Asif of Lake Lotawana and Greg Walters of Raytown, are running.


The district includes the southeast corner of the county, with Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Greenwood, Unity Village, much of Raytown. It includes the Lakewood area and much of the area east and south of Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake. To the east, the northern edge of the district is Wyatt Road.

In the 1st District, Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City, is unopposed. That district is in Kansas City, basically the area west of Troost to the state line plus the area north of Truman Road to the Missouri River.

 

 In the 4th District, Dan Tarwater, D-Kansas City, is unopposed. That district includes the western edge of Kansas City basically south of Gregory; the Grandview area; the area south, west and north of Longview Lake; and much of Raytown as far north as 79th Street.


In the 2nd District, incumbent James D. Tindall of Kansas City is challenged by former County Legislator Eugene Standifer Jr. of Kansas City in the Democratic primary. No Republican filed. That district is in Kansas City, roughly a rectangle bounded by Blue Ridge Cut-off, I-470 and I-435, Troost and Truman Road.

In addition to those six districts, three other legislators represent different, larger districts and are elected at large by all county voters. All three incumbents face challenges.

In the 1st District at large, Theresa Garza Ruiz of Blue Springs, is seeking a second term and is being challenged by Ray Salva Jr. of Blue Springs in the Democratic primary. No Republicans filed.


That district is roughly the northern third of the county, taking in a slice of northeast Kansas City, Independence, Sugar Creek, Sibley, Buckner and Levasy, Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs. It’s mostly north of U.S. 40, but to the east drops as far south at Major Road.

n In the 2nd District at large, incumbent Henry Rizzo of Kansas City faces three challengers in the Democratic primary. They are Patricia Flucas of Kansas City and Crystal Williams and Crystal D. Williams, both of Kansas City. No Republicans filed.

The district is in Kansas City, bounded by Red Bridge Road to the south, the state line to the west, the river to the north and, generally, Interstate 435 to the east.

n In the 3rd District at large, Fred Arbanas of Lee’s Summit, a county legislator since 1973, has two challengers in the Democratic primary, Kansas City Council Member Terry M. Riley and David H. Brown of Kansas City.

The district includes Raytown, Grandview, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood and Lake Lotawana.