The filing period closed Jan. 16 for candidates looking to run for office in the April election. Among three of Cass County’s largest municipalities and school districts, some contested races have emerged.
Both Belton and Raymore have city council seats up for election this April.
In Belton, voters can expect three contested city council races on the ballot.
In Ward I, incumbent Ryan Finn will seek for re-election. A late challenger, Bobby Davidson, also filed to run for that council seat.
Dean VanWinkle, the incumbent, and Jason Stephens have filed to represent Ward 2 on the city council, according to a list provided by the Belton City Clerk’s office.
Also in Ward 3, voters can expect a contested race between Bob Newell, the incumbent, and challenger Stephanie Davidson.
Scott Swaggart initially filed to run for the seat, but he withdrew from the race Jan. 16, according to the Belton City Clerk’s office.
Current city council member Gary Lathrop is unopposed for re-election in Ward 4.
Belton city council members will be elected to three-year terms in April.
Four city council seats in the city of Raymore are also up for election, though three candidates will be unopposed, according to the city’s website.
Four people have filed to run for a city council seat representing Ward 2 in Raymore, which is currently held by Derek Moorhead. The candidates who have filed to run for a two-year term for Ward 2 are James Petermann, Loren G. Jones II, Thomas R. Circo, and Adam J. Embry.
Incumbents Reginald Townsend, Jay D. Holman, and Sonja Abdelgawad have filed for re-election to continue representing their respective wards.
At least one person, Leo Anderson, initially filed to run for a Ward 2 city council seat in Raymore but has since withdrawn their candidacy, the city’s website showed.
A spokeswoman for the city of Harrisonville said no elected offices are up for election this year, though by 2019, Harrisonville voters will be considering candidates for mayor and four seats on the board of alderman.
Voters living within the Harrisonville School District were still expected to consider candidates for two open seats on the school board for three-year terms.
However, when only two candidates — Douglas B. Meyer and Doug Alexander — filed to run for the two open seats, there will be no need for an election. Meyer and Alexander automatically will join the school board, according to the secretary for the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District Board of Education.
Two current school board members whose terms end in April, R.J. Knox and Chad Reynolds, did not file for re-election.
Within the Raymore-Peculiar School District, voters will pick two school board members in the election out of six who have filed to run for three-year terms. The incumbents, Ryan Wescoat and Maria Davies, will not be seeking re-election.
According to the school district’s website, those who filed as candidates are Billy King, of Raymore; Ashley Jones, of Raymore; Will Manda, of Raymore; Joyce Noah, of Raymore; Paul Bertolone, of Raymore; and Patricia Linhardt, of Peculiar.
Voters living in Belton School District No. 124 also will consider four candidates for two open school board positions, which will serve three-year terms.
Two longtime board members, Linda Wilckens and Jim Armilio, have filed for re-election. According to the school district’s website, Wilckens has served 14 years and Armilio has served 20 years on the board of education.
Heather Shelton and Elaine Wilson have also filed as candidates for the Belton school board.
The election is April 3. The last day to register to vote in time for the April election is March 7, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.