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.
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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