Four candidates are vying for the District 3 seat Jackson County Legislature in next Tuesday’s primary election, though Brice Stewart is unopposed in the Republican primary. The district covers Sugar Creek and Independence generally north of I-70.
The Democratic primary is between Charlie Franklin of Independence, Lois McDonald of Independence and Paul Wrabec of Sugar Creek. Franklin is a longtime accountant, Wrabec an attorney and McDonald a vice president with the Independence Chamber of Commerce. County IT worker Brice Stewart is the lone Republican candidate.
The candidates answered a series of questions in an earlier edition of The Examiner. Below is a summary of their latest financial reports filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Franklin's campaign has raised $65,875, including $50,000 in loans to himself, and has spent $53,572.96.
Top contributors include:
• $2,000: Jim and Mary Nauser, Liberty.
• $1,500: Dennis and Debbie Waits. (Dennis Waits currently hold this seat in the County Legislature and is retiring. He has endorsed Franklin.)
• $1,000: Jerry Mackey, Independence; Karen Holland, Kansas City; Charles Laue, Kansas City; Joshua Garry, North KC; Doug and Joy Morrison, Kearney.
• $500: John and Barb Allinder, Independence, Garry Baker (current county legislator), Independence; Bob and Valerie Halas, Lee’s Summit; Darwin and Ellen Rold, Lee’s Summit; Maurice and June Russell, Independence.
Wrabec's campaign has raised $26,265.50, including $6,640.50 of in-kind self-contributions, and has spent $13,414.45.
Top contributors include:
• $5,000: Timothy Olah, Independence.
• $3,000: Plumbers and Gasfitters Local No. 8 PAC.
• $2,600: 11th Senatorial Leadership Committee (Missouri Senate District 11 covers Independence, Sugar Creek and beyond.)
• $1,500: St. Louis/Kansas City Carpenters Union PAC;
• $1,000: Patrick Morris, Independence; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 124 PAC, Kansas City; Matt Sherwood, Independence.
• $500: Taxpayers Unlimited, Inc. PAC; Mike Beal, Lee's Summit; Teamsters Local 541, Kansas City; International Association of Fire Fighters Local 781 Legislative PAC, Independence; Tim Lefman, Independence.
McDonald's campaign has raised $2,762 and spent $886.63.
The top contributions have been $1,000 from Matt Medley, Independence and $450 from Independence Council Member Karen DeLuccie. All other contributions have been $250 or less.
Stewart has self-funded his campaign to the tune of $8,176.76 and has spent $222.53.
REMEMBER TO VOTE
The primary election is next Tuesday. Polls in Missouri are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.