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Jackson County: Sugar Creek ousts mayor; Lee’s Summit embraces arts

Updated: 2013-04-03T03:22:38Z

Residents of several Jackson County suburbs went to the polls Tuesday to choose city leaders or vote on ballot issues. Some notable outcomes:

• Lee’s Summit: The city made progress in its quest to enhance the arts scene and thereby boost economic development. Voters approved a $2.9 million bond issue to finish the Legacy Park amphitheater, to renovate a historic post office for a historical museum and to build an outdoor festival space at the rear of the museum. The 69 percent margin exceeded the four-sevenths majority needed.

More than 76 percent of voters approved a separate question seeking $4.6 million for infrastructure.

• Grandview: Incumbent Mayor Steve Dennis kept his post by defeating Leonard D. Jones Jr. and political stalwart Jan Martinette. Dennis, who captured 63 percent of the vote, has said he wants to push to redevelop the Truman Corners Shopping Center as well as the Missouri 150 Corridor.

• Sugar Creek: Mayor Stanley J. Salva missed out on an eighth term, losing to Matt Mallinson, a member of the Independence school board. Mallinson got 50 percent to Salva’s 45 percent. Also running was Leonard Fullbright.

• Blue Springs: With 81 percent of the vote, incumbent Councilman Dale Carter overwhelmed Preston Smith in District 1. Carter stressed regional rail and the Woods Chapel Road corridor. Planning commissioner Susan Culpepper won with 60 percent support over Michael Freeman in District 1. One of her priorities was properly equipping the police and fire departments.

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