Three contests on the April 7 ballot countywide

Walk-in advance voting to begin March 28 at two locations
by Mary Rupert

Countywide contests in the general election April 7 will include the Unified Government, 1st District, at large seat, the Board of Trustees contest for Kansas City Kansas Community of College and the Wyandotte County register of deeds position, said Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

Also, school board candidates will be on the individual ballots in each district; BPU candidates will be on the ballot in Kansas City, Kan.; and Bonner Springs and Edwardsville city candidates on ballots in those cities.

About 2,300 advance ballots have already been mailed to voters in Wyandotte County, Newby said.

Walk-in advance voting at two locations will begin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 30, to Friday, April 3; and also will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The two locations are at the Kansas Speedway, off I-70 at the 110th Street exit, south of the Speedway at the conference center area; and the downtown Election Office at 850 State Ave. The downtown Election Office also is open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, April 6, for advance voting. The Speedway satellite location has touchscreen voting only, while the downtown Election Office has both touchscreen and paper ballots available for advance voting.

The regular polling places will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 in Wyandotte County.

The ballots will change in different parts of Wyandotte County as there are city and school general elections April 7.

The UG Commission, 1st District, at large seat candidates ran only on the north side of the county for the primary election, but during the general election, they will run throughout the county, including on the south side and in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. The candidates are Melissa Bynum and Mark Gilstrap.

The UG Commission also has a 4th District seat up for election. Candidates are Tarence L. Maddox, incumbent, and Harold Johnson. They are running only in the 4th District.

For three other UG offices, 2nd District, 3rd District and 6th District, candidates are unopposed. The incumbents, Brian McKiernan, Ann Murguia and Angela Markley are running.

Wyandotte County Register of Deeds Nancy Burns is running unopposed countywide for election.

Two Board of Public Utilities contests are on the ballot April 7. Running citywide in Kansas City, Kan., are Chris McCord and Norman Scott in the 3rd District, at large, BPU.

Running in the 1st District of the BPU are incumbent Robert “Bob Milan Sr. and Freddy Wilson Jr. The 1st District BPU includes the north part of Kansas City, Kan., out to 77th Street on the west boundary of the district. Parallel is the southern boundary from 77th to 59th Street, and State Avenue is the southern boundary from 59th to the county line on the east side.

Running countywide for the KCKCC Board of Trustees are Donald Ash, Ray Daniels, Mary Ann Flunder, Clyde A. Townsend and Victor B. Trammell. The top four of the five will be elected.

Also running are candidates for four public school districts in Wyandotte County, as well as Bonner Springs and Edwardsville city positions.

Voters need to have their identification, such as a driver’s license, with them when they vote.

For more information about advance voting, visit the Wyandotte County Election Office website at www.wycovotes.org or call the election office at 913-573-8500.

On the www.wycovotes.org website is a link where voters can find out where their polling places are, as well as what candidates will be on the individual ballot.
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