Tuesday is Election Day, when Kansas City voters will choose their mayor and City Council.
Turnout is expected to be light, but the issues the next council will decide are serious and important.
The new council, which takes office Aug. 1, is likely to make decisions on how to modernize Kansas City International Airport, whether to demolish Kemper Arena and whether or how to expand the downtown streetcar system, as well as how to keep developing neighborhoods in the Northland, in the far south and on the East Side.
Mayor Sly James is seeking re-election and is facing a low-key, low-budget challenge from Vincent “General” Lee.
Among the competitive council races: 1st District between incumbent Dick Davis and challenger Heather Hall, 2nd District at large between candidates Teresa Loar and Jay Hodges, 4th District at-large between incumbent Jim Glover and opponent Katheryn Shields, and 5th District between Ken Bacchus and Alissia Canady.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.