Former Mission Mayor Laura McConwell had a narrow advantage over Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer when the advance ballots were tallied in the primary for the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners, but Shaffer supporters headed to the polls in larger numbers Tuesday, giving him a 532 vote lead in the unofficial final number released Tuesday night.
With 33 percent and 27 percent of the primary vote, respectively, Shaffer and McConwell earned the two spots on November’s general election ballot from the five-candidate primary field. The election will pit two of the most prominent figures in Northeast Johnson County politics over the past decade in a race that has plenty of intrigue: McConwell had initially told Shaffer she wouldn’t run for the seat after he announced he was interested, but changed her mind when she decided that it was important for there to be a woman on the currently all-male County Commission.
Who do you think has the edge at this point for the general election vote? Do you see the voters for any of the candidates who didn’t emerge from the primary — Rachel Sciolaro, Mark Nauser and Alex DiCarlo — to be likely allies for either Shaffer or McConwell? What issues will determine the outcome of the general election?
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