Government & Politics

Frank White wins Jackson County primary race

Jackson County Legislature candidate Frank White greeted voters Tuesday evening, including Lucy Torres of Kansas City (center). She was accompanied by her daughter, also named Lucy Torres.
Jackson County Legislature candidate Frank White greeted voters Tuesday evening, including Lucy Torres of Kansas City (center). She was accompanied by her daughter, also named Lucy Torres. The Kansas City Star

Frank White, a former Kansas City Royal, won big in his primary race Tuesday for the Jackson County Legislature.

White received 77 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for the legislature’s 1st District At-Large seat, while opponent Sherwood Smith received 23 percent.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward of Levasy in November.

The winner will replace Theresa Garza Ruiz, who did not seek re-election after serving two terms.

In other races:

2nd District: Alfred Jordan prevailed against two opponents, Zachary Berkstresser and Sterling Brown.

Jordan received 67 percent of the vote, with Brown receiving 26 percent and Berkstresser 7 percent. Jordan will fill the seat vacated by the Rev. James Tindall, who resigned earlier this year. Jordan will serve a four-year term on the legislature, as no candidate from an opposing party is listed on the November ballot for the seat.

2nd District At Large: Incumbent Crystal Williams defeated challenger Shere Alam with 85 percent of the vote to Alam’s 15 percent. In November, Williams will face Republican Party candidate Robert Stringfield and Libertarian Party candidate Cisse Spragins.

4th District: Incumbent Dan Tarwater, who has served on the legislature since 1995, defeated Gary Amerine, who received only 26 percent of the vote compared with Tarwater’s 74 percent.

Amerine twice has run unsuccessfully for other offices. Tarwater is the longtime chairman of the legislature’s anti-drug committee, which oversees programs financed by the county’s COMBAT tax.

Tarwater will serve another four-year term, as no candidate from an opposing party filed in the election.

6th District: Theresa Galvin edged incumbent Bob Spence in the Republican Party primary. Galvin received 51 percent of the vote and Spence 49 percent. Galvin believed Spence had held office too long, while Spence insisted that he still had passion for the position.

As no other candidates from opposing parties filed, the winner would serve a four-year term.

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