Primary Elections Held in Kansas City

PoliticsElectionsJackson CountyMike Burke, Jr.

Primary elections are being held in Kansas City, Missouri. Voters will decide the top two choices for mayor as well as city council. There are six candidates in the race for mayor.

Voters will have to decide between current mayor Mark Funkhouser, Mike Burke, Deb Hermann, Sly James, Henry Klein, and Jim Rowland.

Charles Wheeler's name will appear on the ballot but the former mayor dropped out of the race recently and is endorsing Mike. The people with the top two votes will advance in March's general election.

In each race for the city council race has three or more candidates and the top two for each seat advance. One candidate, Michael Flethcer was disqualified because of his residency status.

Shelly McThomas with the Jackson County Election Board says more people usually vote in the general election.

"It has been fair to moderate voting," McThomas said. "We're hoping more people will come out later in the afternoon."

People will also decide on the 9th District Senate Seat in a special election since Yvonne Wilson resigned. Democrat Kiki Curls and Republican Nola Wood are on the ballot.

FOX 4 interviewed all of the candidates. Click www.fox4kc.com to hear what they had to say.

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