KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Kansas City metro mayoral races are clear following Tuesday’s primary election, and several area school boards and municipalities could have a new makeup with several incumbents set to defend their posts.
In Overland Park, Mike Czinege garnered 8,989 votes, or 39%, followed by Ward 2 Councilman Curt Skoog, who received 5,459 votes, or 23%, according to unofficial final results. They will advance to the Nov. 2 general election.
At the city council level, Overland Park residents overwhelmingly voted for Ward 1 incumbent Logan Heley (1,742 votes, or 59%) to face off against Ryan Spencer (668 votes, or 23%). In Ward 2, Melissa Cheatham (2,393 votes, or 55%) and Roger Tarbutton (1,424 votes, or 33%). In Ward 4, Scott Mosher – father of fallen OPPD officer Mike Mosher – (1,842 votes, or 44%) and incumbent Stacie Gram (1,322 votes, or 32%) move on to the Nov. 2 general election. Ward 5 will see Sam Passer (47%, or 1,700 votes) and Sheila Rodriguez (39%, or 1,409 votes) on the ballot in November.
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Meanwhile, in his reelection bid, Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey is set to face Tyrone Garner, an Army veteran and retired KCKPD deputy chief. Garner received 3,465 votes, or 28%, followed closely by Alvey, who has been in office since 2018 and earned 3,405 votes, also 28%.
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County also had several commission seats on the ballot. The At-Large District 2 seat will be held between incumbent Tom Burroughs, who received 2,247 votes (55%), and Claudine Sanders, who received 1,218 votes (30%).
The District 1 seat will be contested between incumbent councilmember Gayle Townsend (707 votes, or 52%) and Melvin Williams (390 votes, or 28%).
District 5 incumbent Mike Kane (2,085 votes, or 61%) will attempt to retain his seat against Eleanor Morales Clark (697 votes, or 20%).
Andrew Davis received 31% of the vote (535 votes) to take on District 8 incumbent Jane Philbrook, who garnered 443 votes, or 26%.
Additionally, Daniel Soptic (5,815 votes, or 50%) and Celisha Towers (4,137 votes, or 35%) are set to face off in the Wyandotte County sheriff race.
The KCK Board of Public Utilities had two at-large positions on the ballot. Incumbent Mary Gonzalez (5,567 votes, or 54%) and Gwendolyn Bass (2,943 votes, or 28%) are on the ballot for the first at-large seat, while David Haley (3,925 votes, or 36%) and Mark Gilstrap (2,074 votes, or 19%) defeated incumbent Ryan Eidson (1,839 votes, or 17%) to vie for the second at-large seat.
The Edgerton mayoral race puts incumbent Donald Roberts against Brent Carroll with 67% and 32% percent of the vote, respectively.
Two Olathe City Council seats were up for election – Ward 3 and at-large. Dean Vakas (46%, or 4,588) and Kevin Gilmore (44%, or 4,406 votes) will compete for the at-large seat. In Ward 3, Wayne Janner captured 847 votes, or 34%, and will be on the November ballot alongside LeEtta Felter (748 votes, or 30%).
Also in Olathe, the district’s Board of Education had its District 3 seat available, which saw Julie Steele (2,378 votes, or 45%) and Jennifer Gilmore (1,629 votes, or 31%) advance to the general election.
With 473 votes (48%), Ward 3 incumbent councilmember Corey Hunt is set to face Melanie Arroyo (426 votes, or 43%). And with a majority vote of 60% (461 votes), Craig Denny heads to the general election for Ward 4, followed by Scott Callaway, who earned 197 votes, or 26%.
In Merriam, Amy Rider (118 votes, or 57%) and Nancy Hammond (62 votes, or 30%) move on in their bids to represent Ward 2.
Residents who live within the Blue Springs R-IV School District voted on an operating property tax levy and a bond issue that would allow the district to issue $107 million in general obligation bonds.
The levy was approved by a large margin at 82%, along with the bond issue at 72%.
In Harrisonville, voters narrowly approved an emergency services sales tax, with a 75-vote difference.
Peculiar residents overwhelmingly voted down a public parks tax with 74% of voters, or 248, opposed.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled Melissa Cheatham's last name. It has since been corrected.