Clay County voters head to the polls for Northland special election

Posted at 6:23 AM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 08:17:13-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday Clay County voters will head to the polls for a special election as Republicans try to hold on to a vacant seat in the Missouri Senate.

The seat would increase the small Democratic presence in the Senate should that party win. 

Polls opened at 6 a.m.

Republican state Rep. Kevin Corlew and Democratic state Rep. Lauren Arthur have spent a significant amount of money on this race trying to win Northland constituents’ votes. 

For weeks attack ads have aired on local television. 

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Both Rep. Corlew and Rep. Arthur said they are independent voices who won’t put partisan politics over the concerns of voters.  

They’ve also both said they care deeply about education. Rep. Arthur has a background in teaching, and Rep. Corlew was formerly a school board member.  

Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

41 Action News will monitor the election throughout the day. Check back for updates.