Filing for the April board of education elections are now open in all Eastern Jackson County school districts.

Filing for the April board of education elections are now open in all Eastern Jackson County school districts.

People can file during normal off hours at the central office in their respective school district. It is important to note, however, that the offices will be closed during winter break. They will re-open Jan. 2. Filing closes at 5 p.m. Jan. 17. The election is April 3.

The only exception is the Independence School District. Potential candidates must first pick up an election packet at the central office. They then must return the completed packet with at least 100 signatures of registered voters in the Independence School District to be placed on the ballot.

Additional requirements for all board of education candidates include being resident taxpayers of the school district and residing in Missouri for at least one year preceding the election. In addition, candidates must be at least 24 years old.

The following are those who have filed in each of the area school districts.


Blue Springs – Incumbents Jennifer Casey and Kent Bradford have filed for the three-year terms, while incumbent Kay Coen filed for the two-year term. Two seats are open for the three-year term. The person who is elected to the two-year term will serve the remaining two years on the term of the late Jim Coen, who died unexpectedly in August. His wife, Kay Coen, was appointed in September to serve until April.

Independence – Incumbents Ann Franklin and Ken Johnston have returned their election packets and have been certified by the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners. Newcomers Greg Finke and Cori Tharp have picked up packets, but have not returned their petitions at this time. None of them have returned the packets at this time with the required number of signatures. Terms in Independence are for six years and members can only serve for two consecutive terms. Three seats are open. Blake Roberson is the other incumbent, but because he has served for 12 years, he is not eligible to run this year.

Fort Osage – Newcomer James Calderon has joined incumbents Diana Rice and Ben Schloman, along with fellow newcomer Kelly Scott. Two seats are open and terms are for three years.

Grain Valley – Incumbent Chris Bamman is the only person to have filed Tuesday. Two seats are open, including the seat of board president Rusty Brown, who has not yet filed. Terms are for three years.

Lee’s Summit – Incumbents Pattie Buie and Ron Baker have filed for election. Two seats are open, and terms are for three years.

Raytown – Incumbent Kristie Collins-Delarber has filed for election. Two seats are open, and terms are for three years.