Voters elected municipal officials across Jackson, Clay and Cass counties on Tuesday.
Voters selected two members for the City Council, one a newcomer and the other a former state representative.
To represent the city's 2nd District in northeast Independence, voters chose Curt Dougherty. He received 60 percent of the vote, while Jim Engelman garnered 39 percent.
Engelman was elected to the council by its members last August following the death of council member Will Swoffer. Dougherty served eight years in the Missouri General Assembly and ran unsuccessfully for the Jackson County Legislature in 2010.
Voters also selected Eileen Weir to represent the 4th District in southwest Independence. Weir received 63 percent of the vote while Michael Fielding received 35 percent. Incumbent Jim Page did not run for re-election.
Voters returned incumbent Mayor Carson Ross to office. Ross, first elected as mayor in 2008, received 63 percent of the vote, while Michael Freeman received 35 percent. Freeman, who had run unsuccessfully for the Blue Springs City Council in 2010, had been critical of how the city is run.
For the second time, incumbent Mayor Kathy Rose was challenged by Alderman Michael Fuller for the post, and for the second time, Rose prevailed. She received 78 percent of the vote.
Fuller stressed downtown development. Rose said experienced leadership was critical to the completion of the Horizons industrial/commercial/retail development being built on city-owned land at Interstate 635 and Missouri 9.
Incumbent Bill Garnos defeated Donald Ward to serve a one-year term on the City Council. Garnos had been appointed to fill the term of a council member who retired last year. Garnos received almost 52 percent of the vote, compared with Ward's 47 percent.
Jean Moore and Barry McCullough both ran unopposed for three-year terms.
Two veterans of the City Council faced off for the mayor's seat. Peter Kerckhoff received 70 percent of the vote, compared with 30 percent for Jeffrey Adams. Kerckhoff now will serve a one-year special term to succeed former Mayor Juan Alonzo, who resigned in December because of a failure to pay a state tax. Adams has been acting mayor.
In Lee's Summit, voters elected two new members to the City Council.
In District 1, Rob Binney prevailed with 62 percent of the vote, compared with 27 percent received by Robert Dye. Two other candidates were on the ballot but had halted their campaigns.
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Voters considered candidates for three contested seats on the City Council.