Voters in Kansas City go to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor and City Council.
Under Kansas City’s council-manager form of government, the mayor is just one vote on the 13-member council, and all the seats are up for election every four years. They are the political leaders of the city, while the city manager runs the day-to-day city government operations.
In addition to the mayor, the council has 12 other members. Six of those members hold at-large seats, meaning they live in one of the six geographic districts in the city, but they are elected citywide and represent the city as a whole.
The six in-district council members are elected from within the six geographic areas of the city and represent that particular district, concentrating on constituent concerns for that part of the city.
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Council members can serve a maximum of two four-year terms, and seven members on the current council will leave office at the end of this term. So there will be quite a turnover in elected leadership.
The primary was April 7, and that winnowed the field of candidates to a maximum of two in each general election race. The winners will be chosen June 23, and the new council takes office Aug. 1.
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