Tuesday was a busy day at the Jackson County clerk’s office. Nearly 80 people filed to run for office, most of them for Democratic and Republican party posts.

Tuesday was a busy day at the Jackson County clerk’s office. Nearly 80 people filed to run for office, most of them for Democratic and Republican party posts.


Thirteen filed for the County Legislature, and two filed for county executive.


County Executive Mike Sanders of Independence filed for a second four-year term. He will face Jordan B. Smith of Independence in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary.


Filing opened Tuesday and runs through March 30.


Six of the nine county legislators represent specific districts. The other three represent different, larger districts and are elected at large by all county voters. All nine incumbents filed Tuesday, and so far four of them have challengers within their own party. The candidates who filed Tuesday:



1st District: Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City, is seeking another term. 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.
2nd District: James D. Tindall is seeking another term, challenged by Eugene Standifer Jr. of Kansas City. That district is in Kansas City, roughly a rectangle bounded by Blue Ridge Cut-off, I-470 and I-435, Troost and Truman Road.
3rd District: Dennis Waits, D-Independence, is seeking another term. That 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.
4th District: Dan Tarwater, D-Kansas City, is seeking a fifth term. 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 as 79th Street.
5th District: Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs, is seeking a second term. 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.
6th District: Incumbent Bob Spence of Lee’s Summit is being challenged by fellow Republican Joseph C. Spallo of Lee’s Summit. 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.
1st District at large: Theresa Garza Ruiz, D-Blue Springs, is seeking a second term and is being challenged by Ray Salva Jr., D-Blue Springs. That district is more or less 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 as Major Road.
2nd District at large: Incumbent Henry Rizzo, D-Kansas City, is running again. Democrat Crystal D. Williams of Kansas City is running against him in the primary. 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.
3rd District at large: Fred Arbanas, D-Lee’s Summit, is running again. The district includes Raytown, Grandview, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood and Lake Lotawana.