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Candice Alcaraz will become Wyandotte County’s first Black female district judge

With 100% of precincts reporting, Candice Alcaraz is the unofficial winner of the Wyandotte County District Judge election for Division 12. She beat incumbent Judge Wes Griffin, receiving 68.8% of the countywide vote. This makes her the first Black female district judge in Wyandotte County. Election results will be unofficial until Wyandotte County certifies the…

Wyandotte County judges usually run unopposed. Not this time.

Voters in Wyandotte County will select two district judges in the Aug. 2 primary election. In a stark break with precedent, two incumbent judges are facing challengers on the Democratic ballot. An unspoken rule in the county courthouse has, before now, allowed sitting judges to run unopposed in the Wyandotte County judge elections. The incumbents…

Your 2022 primary election guide to Jackson County Legislature’s 2nd District

The primary election on Aug. 2 will see Jackson County voters choose party candidates for nine legislator races, as well as the county executive. Winners will advance to the general Jackson County ballot in November. In the 2nd District, however, the winner of the Democratic primary will face no opposition in November and will become…

Five candidates compete to represent the 2nd At-Large District in Jackson County Legislature

When Kansas City voters arrive at their polling place on Aug. 2, their ballots will show five Jackson County primary races for their county government. These include the county executive, their district’s legislator and three at-large legislators. After Crystal Williams, who represents the 2nd At-Large District, decided not to run for reelection this year, a…

What’s on your Missouri ballot for the August primary

Kansas City area voters are heading to the polls Aug. 2 for the beginning of a jam-packed election season. In the primary election, voters will have the opportunity to choose nominees for U.S. Senate and House races, state Senate and House seats and county legislative seats. The Beacon took a look at the races to know…

Meet the Republicans running for Jackson County Legislature 1st At-Large District

The Jackson County primary election on Aug. 2 will ask voters to select each party’s candidates for the Jackson County Legislature. While six of the nine legislators are elected by voters of smaller districts, three at-large legislators, including the 1st At-Large District, are elected by the entire county.  In the coming days, The Beacon will…

Who are the candidates running for chairperson of the Johnson County Commission?

Johnson County’s elected leaders oversee a budget of $1.45 billion and set the direction for a sprawling county of more than 600,000 residents and growing.  Governance is vested in the seven-member Johnson County Commission. Six members are elected from districts. The seventh member, the chairperson, is elected to represent the entire county and thus holds…

These four Johnson County elections will decide who oversees a $1.45 billion budget

This November, voters in the Johnson County election will elect four candidates to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, which oversees a budget of $1.45 billion and about 30 county departments, ranging from emergency services to public transit. Though county elections draw fewer voters to the polls than high-profile national and state races, county…

Tax assessors are out measuring your front lawn. What exactly are they up to?

Owners of all of Jackson County’s 301,000 residential and commercial properties are expected to receive a visit from property tax assessors in 2022. Data collectors from the tax assessment office, clad in bright vests, will be measuring property lines and asking homeowners questions about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and whether the basement or…

What to know about Port Authority in Kansas City

At the Berkley Riverfront, just north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, roads are lined with wide-open grassland, sparkly new apartment buildings and a bustling dog park and bar made of shipping containers.  Behind all this riverfront development is the Port Authority of Kansas City (Port KC). Port KC is a public organization, with its board…

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