Frank White elected Jackson County executive; Mike Sharp wins third term as sheriff

Frank White was sworn in as Jackson County Executive back in January.
Frank White was sworn in as Jackson County Executive back in January. tljungblad@kcstar.com

Ten months after he was appointed to fill in temporarily for Mike Sanders as Jackson County executive, former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White on Tuesday was elected in his own right.

With most of the vote in, the Democrat was beating Green Party challenger Stacey Lindgren with 82 percent of the vote.

Also Tuesday, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp won his third, four-year term, easily defeating Republican Raymond Draper, formerly a police officer in Prairie Village and Lake Lotawana. Sharp was winning with 67 percent of the vote.

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker ran unopposed for a second four-year term.

White’s win allows him to finish out the last two years of the third term Sanders won in 2014. Sanders announced his resignation last December and a took job the following month at an Independence law firm.

The county legislature appointed White, an at-large legislator then representing the 1st District, to fill in for Sanders through the end of 2016. The county charter required that he seek voter approval to serve out the remainder of Sanders’ term.

White, a member of the Royals’ 1985 championship team, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sharp, also a Democrat, easily beat his opponent in the primary.

Also Tuesday, voters approved retaining eight circuit court judges and four associate circuit judges.

Mike Hendricks: 816-234-4738, @kcmikehendricks