Mayor Sly James of Kansas City filed nominating petitions Tuesday seeking re-election, while a little-known challenger, Vincent C. Lee, also filed to run for mayor.
Tuesday was the first day to file for election to Kansas City Council seats, and election boards must now verify that candidates have collected enough signatures. The deadline to file is Jan. 13, and more candidates are expected by then.
Next year’s City Council primary will be in April and the general election in June — a change from the past, when council campaigns occurred in the dead of winter and the general election was held at the end of March.
All 12 council seats are up, and some of those races could be intense. Six council members are term-limited out, so those seats are open.
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Council candidates filing on Tuesday:
1st District in district: Jane Rinehart, Dick Davis (incumbent), Heather Hall and Louie Wright.
1st District at large: Jeffrey Roberts and Scott Wagner (incumbent).
2nd District in district: Dan Fowler and Bill Super.
3rd District in district: Shaheer Akhtab, Jermaine Reed (incumbent), Rachel Riley, Bryan Dial and Jamekia Kendrix.
3rd District at large: Virginia Evans, Karmello Coleman and Quinton Lucas.
4th District: Jolie Justus.
4th District at large: Jared Campbell.
5th District in district: Bilal Muhammad, Alissia Canady, Lance William Conley and Kenneth Bacchus.
5th District at large: Theresa Garza Ruiz.
6th District in-district: Terrence Nash.
6th District at large: Scott Taylor (incumbent).