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Congressional, state nominees are set

Staff Writer
The Examiner

Ryan Derks won Tuesday’s Republican primary for the U.S. House District 5 congressional seat and will challenge longtime Democratic incumbent Emanuel Cleaver II in November’s general election.

Derks won 35.4 percent of the vote in a six-person race with 39,000 ballots cast. District 5 includes most of Kansas City, Independence and Lee’s Summit, the east side of Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove south of Interstate 70 and Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties.

Gena Ross, of Platte City, won the Democratic primary for District 6 seat and will challenge longtime Republican incumbent Sam Graves of Tarkio. Ross won 32.8 percent of the vote in a five-person race with more than 44,000 ballots cast. District 6 generally includes the northern third of Missouri, plus a large portion of Eastern Jackson County east of Missouri 291/Interstate 470 to the west side of Blue Springs.

In local Missouri General Assembly races, Ingrid Burnett was narrowly re-elected as she won a three-person Democratic primary for Missouri House District 19, which includes northwest Independence and east Kansas City. Burnett garnered 801 votes to Phyllis Hardwick’s 725 and Nicholas “Wick” Thomas’ 506. Burnett will not be opposed by a Republican in November.

In House District 31, which includes most of Blue Springs, incumbent Republican Dan Stacy tallied 89 percent of the votes (2,782) against Ronie Swinton and will face Rhonda Dolan, who tallied nearly 80 percent of the Democratic votes (2,482) against Jamar Buford.

– Examiner staff