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Don’t forget to vote Tuesday

Election day is Tuesday, and for the most part local voters will be choosing new school board members.

There is a ballot issue for the city council, but Brent McElwee is running unopposed for re-election to the seat he currently holds.

There is a little bit of a race for the Excelsior Springs Board of Education. Two seats are up; incumbent Kristi Shewell is on the ballot seeking re-election to the seat she currently holds.

While he’s not exactly an incumbent, Tray Harkins has put his name in the hat, also. Harkins—who served a term on the board, including a stint as president, before losing a re-election bid a year ago—is looking to get back onto the board.

Political newcomer Matt Hartwig has also put his name on the ballot.

Local voters will also be asked whether they want the city to institute a smoking ban in enclosed businesses and public spaces. The ballot question simply asks whether the current smoking ordinance should be repealed and replaced with a new one; the new ordinance has not yet been written and would be a result of multiple hearings with public input following Tuesday’s election.

There are also races in some nearby communities. In Mosby, Harlin R. Clements, Nate Van Campen and Scott Whitworth are unopposed in seeking the offices of mayor, ward two alderman (one-year term) and ward two alderman (two-year term), respectively. For the ward one alderman’s seat, Angel Rose and Sean Cacioppo are both on the ballot.

In Prathersville, there are three trustees’ seats up for election but only two candidates—John Longstreet and Michelle Gaddie. In order to fill all three seats, a write-in candidate must be elected.

In Missouri City, three individuals are in a race for the mayor’s seat—Barry R. Moore, Sue Hart Beard and Michael Stewart. However, Schelley Sue Smith is unopposed for the ward one council seat.

There are elections in just about every community in Clay County, including some ballot issues in Kansas City. For a complete rundown of all the elections in Clay County, see page 16-19 of the Friday, March 22, or Friday, March 29, Standard.

By Eric Copeland •

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