Leg­is­la­ture races shape up

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL - By MICHAEL MANSUR

Jack­son County leaders get many chal­lengers.

Sev­eral Jack­son County leg­is­la­tors will face an elec­tion chal­lenge in Au­gust, in­clud­ing longserv­ing Fred Ar­banas, who will be op­posed by Terry Ri­ley, a Kansas City Coun­cil mem­ber.

Ri­ley, 41, waited to file un­til Tues­day, the fi­nal day for candidates to get into the race.

Ar­banas has been on the Jack­son County Leg­is­la­ture since its cre­ation in 1972 — 38 years.

“Fred is the ‘poster child’ for term lim­its in county gov­ern­ment,” Ri­ley said in his news re- lease.

Ri­ley had been talked about as a po­ten­tial can­di­date for mayor of Kansas City, but said the de­mands of his fam­ily would be a bet­ter fit with serv­ing on the Leg­is­la­ture.

Ar­banas said Tues­day, “I have been on the Leg­is­la­ture a long time, and I’ve done a good job. I still have the knowl­edge and the en­ergy.

“I’m go­ing to cam­paign hard,” he added.

David H. Brown of Kansas City also filed late Tues­day to face Ar­banas in the Demo­cratic pri­mary along with Ri­ley.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Mike Sand-

ers and some other county elected of­fi­cials will be op­posed in the Au­gust pri­mary.

San­ders, a Demo­crat, faces Jor­dan Smith, who says he’s seek­ing the county’s top post, in part, to chal­lenge whether a con­victed felon such as him­self can hold pub­lic of­fice in Jack­son County.

In the Repub­li­can pri­mary, Robert A. String­field, a for­mer leg­is­la­tor, will face Kelly Wilkin­son.

Ellsworth Tol­bert has filed as a Re­form Party can­di­date for San­ders’ post.

Only in­cum­bents Scott Bur­nett and Dan Tar­wa­ter will be un­op­posed for seats on the Leg­is­la­ture.

Teresa Garza Ruiz, the in­cum­bent, will face Ray Salva Jr. in the 1st District at large.

In the 2nd District, in­cum­bent James Tin­dall will face Eu­gene Stan­difer Jr., a re­play of the last elec­tion.

In the 3rd District, in­cum­bent Den­nis Waits will face Curt Dougherty, who leaves the Mis­souri House.

In the 5th District, Leg­is­la­tor Greg Grounds, a Repub­li­can, will face two op­po­nents, Pa­tri­cia Bottcher of Grain Val­ley and Jay Still of In­de­pen­dence.

In the 6th District, Syed Asif of Lake Lotawana will face Greg Wal­ters of Ray­town in the Demo­cratic pri­mary while in­cum­bent Bob Spence faces Repub­li­can Joseph Spallo.

The cur­rent Leg­is­la­ture chair­man, Henry Rizzo, also faces op­po­si­tion in the 3rd District at large race — a lot of it.

Crys­tal Wil­liams, a Kansas City com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant who formed a com­mit­tee to run for Rizzo’s spot in Septem­ber, filed Fri­day just as the doors closed.

Ear­lier, an­other woman — Diane C. Wil­liams, who asked to be on the bal­lot as D. Crys­tal Wil­liams — filed to face Rizzo. She has de­clined to com­ment on her can­di­dacy.

A third woman in the race ap­peared Fri­day. Pa­tri­cia Flu­cas filed, also as the doors closed. She de­clined an in­ter­view and couldn’t tell a re­porter which spot on the Leg­isla- ture she sought.

She said she did know who she was run­ning against: “Henry Rizzo, and what’s that other woman’s name?” To reach Michael Mansur, call 816-234-4433 or send e-mail to [email protected]­star.com.

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