Almost half of KCMO City Council will change

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Voters are choosing between Mike Burke and Sly James for the top slot as Kansas City mayor.

But expect to see lots of new faces on the City Council.

At least five of the 12 council spots will have new representatives.

Here are several council races that have gotten some extra interest.

In the Third District incumbent Sharon Sanders Brooks faces challenger Jermaine Reed.

Michael Fletcher was disqualified after Brooks challenged his residency in court.

But Fletcher got about a third of the vote in the primary, so will that support go to Reed or Brooks?

The Fifth District seat is open, and either Ken Bacchus will return to the council after an absence, or the Rev. Michael Brooks will win.

Only 133 votes separated them in the primary.

In the Fourth District At-Large, it's an open seat to replace Beth Gottstein.

Former councilman Jim Glover finished strongly ahead of John Crawford, but Crawford went negative in the last ten days, so we'll see what impact that has on this race.

And in the Sixth At-Large. Scott Taylor is running to replace his wife, Cathy Jolly.

In the primary, he received more than twice as many votes as opponent Tracy Ward when voters narrowed a large field.

But she's running a very visible campaign, and if she pulls off a victory, the council will have a pink-haired Libertarian joining its ranks.


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