Two candidates are already headed for the ballot for Blue Springs’ mayoral election in 2020, with incumbent Carson Ross and Council Member Chris Lievsay announcing their intent to run.

Despite the election being a year out, Lievsay said he felt now was the best time to announce his candidacy, coming off a win as he was re-elected council member in District 2 in April.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said, saying the issues he will be bringing to his platform will be the same he’s focused on since he first ran for the City Council in 2010, creating a business-friendly atmosphere and focusing on the essential functions of government, focusing on pay and benefits for police officers and other employees to “retain the best.”

“My passion for Blue Springs is unmatched, and I will continue to lead with the same values I always have,” he said.

Ross has served as the mayor since 2008, being re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Ross said he has no intention of retiring just yet, and answered positively when asked if he intends to run for another term.

“Absolutely, no doubt in my mind,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Ross said that with the election still a year in the future, he’ll be focused on doing the work that’s still before him and the council, focusing on what he sees as a trend of improvement in Blue Springs.

“It happened because there was work involved, and pulling the community together to work without worrying who’s getting the credit,” he said.

Lievsay, Ross and any other candidate wishing to run for office can officially submit their candidacy on Dec. 17. Filing closes on Jan. 21, 2020. The 2020 municipal election will be held on April 7, 2020.