Most of Sugar Creek and the area east of Sterling and north of 24 Highway in Independence will be getting a new State Representative for the 20th District. Republican Bill Kidd beat the incumbent Democrat, John Mayfield, by 672 votes, according to the unofficial results posted by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
Kidd, a Christian minister, ran on a pro-life, 2nd Amendment platform, and promised to “…work to eliminate burdensome government regulations that stand in the way of small businesses.”
Ira Anders and Brandon Ellington, representing the 21st and 22nd Districts respectively, ran unopposed. Ellington, who was first elected in 2011, will serve as the chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
Dennis Waits was re-elected to his eighth four-year term on the Jackson County Legislature, making his the Legislator holding that position the longest. The staff of the Inter-City News is hoping he will start using some of this seniority to start calling for improvements in the economically neglected area he has been representing for the better part of three decades.
Frank White easily won the 1st District At Large Legislative seat being vacated by outgoing Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz, who is running for City Council in Kansas City.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver beat Republican Jacob Turk for the fifth time in a row. Both candidates were approached by the Inter-City News to make a statement to our readers. Only Congressman Cleaver responded. His message to voters of the Inter-City, posted on our website before the election, can be found on page 6.
The biggest loser this election day was the effort by the City of Sugar Creek to annex 2,700 acres of land to the east, near Atherton. Voters in the proposed annexation area unanimously rejected the proposal. There were approximately three times as many “Vote No on Annexation” signs in the area as there were voters. Residents we spoke to before the election insisted that the move would raise their taxes and provide them with fewer services, in spite of Sugar Creek’s promises in its newsletter to the contrary. None of the residents we spoke with in the proposed annexation area said that anyone from Sugar Creek had made contact with them to try and persuade them to vote yes on the issue. 58 per cent of the voters living inside Sugar Creek city limits approved of the plan.