Campaign 2017 BY PAUL LIVIUS
A RUNDOWN OF WHO HAS FILED
They are off and running! Just a little over two months from now, voters will decide five races for Aldermen in Raytown City Elections on April 4th. There are no free rides this time around. Every seat is contested. Following is a breakdown of the contests in the different wards:
WARD 1: Two candidates have filed for the seat Ward 1 seat left open when Josh Greene* resigned from the Board of Aldermen last year. Frank Hunt will face off against Greg Walters on April 4th to fill the seat left open by former Alderman Josh Greene resigned last summer. This is Hunt’s first attempt to run for public office. Greg has previous experience on the Board. He lasts served in 2009.
*Josh Greene resigned because a change of jobs required him to re-locate to Warrensburg, Missouri.
WARD 2: Ward 2 incumbent Jason Greene is seeking re-election in Ward 2. He has served one term on the Board. He is opposed by Loretha V. Hayden. Ms. Hayden is the owner of Lufti’s Fried Fish located at 6633 Raytown Road.
WARD 3: Alderman Janet Emerson is seeking her second term on the Raytown Board of Aldermen. She also serves as Mayor Protem for the Board. Her opponent is Ryan Myers. This is Mr. Myers second attempt to seek public office in Raytown. He lost in his bid for election to Alderman Mark Moore two years ago.
WARD 4: Alderman Bill Van Buskirk is seeking re-election to the Ward 4 seat on the Board of Alderman. His opponent is Chuck Henss. This is Mr. Henss’ first attempt at public office.
WARD 5: The Ward 5 has been vacant since the death of the late Alderman Steve Mock. There are three candidates vying to serve as Ward 5 Alderman.
Phylis Goforth will be first on the ballot. She is the owner of Pj’s & Company, a hair salon located at 6310 Ash in Raytown. This is Ms. Goforth’s first attempt at public office.
Diane Krizek has also filed for the seat left open when the later Alderman Steve Mock passed away last summer. She was the owner/publisher of the Raytown Brooking Eagle. Ms. Krizek has run for public office before. She was one of five candidates to participate in the five way race for State Legislative 50th District last August.
Bonnaye Mims is final candidate to file for the Ward 5 seat. Ms. Mims served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (2012 – 2016). She also served 15 years on the Hickman Mills Board of Education.
CANDIDATE SLATE FORMING?
It did not take long for a slate of candidates to materialize from the 11 who have filed for office.
Word has reached the Raytown Report that former Aldermen Joe Creamer and current Alderman Jim Aziere recruited four of the candidates who are running in the April 4th city election. The roots of two candidate campaigns can be traced back to a "citizen watchdog" formed last year. Two of the candidates in the April election were mentioned in news stories as members of the group. Those two candidates are Ryan Myers and Frank Hunt.
Three candidates, Chuck Henns, Frank Hunt, and Loretha Hayden met with Creamer and others at Lufti’s Fish in the Obama Room at Lufti’s Fried Fish to discuss campaign strategy. Lufti’s Fish is owned by Ward 2 candidate Loretha Hayden.
Both Creamer and Aziere have been vocal critics of Mayor Michael McDonough’s Administration and the Board of Aldermen at Raytown City Hall.
As for the other seven candidates running for aldermen, it appears they have chosen to run independent campaigns in their election efforts.
|BY GREG WALTERS|
The Breakfast and
Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant
If you want to give yourself a treat during these cold winter mornings, forget about fixing your own breakfast or lunch and take the time to visit the Breakfast and Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant located at 6204 Raytown Trafficway. Not only will you enjoy the meal, but you will be taken in by the ambiance of a restaurant that is sure to stir some memories.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Marvin Duncan. Mr. Duncan learned the restaurant trade from the bottom up at the Big Biscuit located on 40 Highway in Independence. He ended his time there as the general manager.
Once you bite into one of his delicious breakfast or lunch creations you will realize, as I did, that Independence’s loss is Raytown’s gain.
If you want to enjoy a taste of his offerings on the cheap, check out the Breakfast and Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant on Wednesday, February 1st from 1:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For just $1.03 you can order Smothered Pork Chops or a Half Order of Biscuits and Gravy (no potato).
The event is being sponsored by Radio Station KPRS 103. So you will be sure to hear some of the soulful sounds of Motown as you enjoy your lunch.Bon Apetit!
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