Roeland Park is the only city in northeast Johnson County that will have a primary election this spring. Of all the elections scheduled for this spring in Johnson County, only the Shawnee mayor’s race and the Olathe School Board election join Roeland Park in requiring a primary. And Roeland Park will have two primaries.
The primary election will be held on March 3. While Roeland Park has two wards with primaries, they will both vote at the Roeland Park Community Center on primary election day.
Both Ward 3 and Ward 4 have three candidates filed for the respective seats. That will be narrowed to two candidates by the primary vote for the runoff in the general election on April 7. The last day to register for the primary already has passed and advanced voting by mail has begun for the primary. Advance voting in person starts February 24. Registration to vote in the April general election does not close until March 17.
In Ward 3, the three candidates are David Gauwitz, Linda Mau and Erin Thompson. Gauwitz ran last in the recent three-way race for a vacant Ward 3 seat that was won Ryan Kellerman. Mau is a former councilor who ran unsuccessfully for mayor and who lost Ward 3 races to current councilor Megan England. England is not running for re-election. The third candidate is Erin Thompson.
In Ward 4, incumbent councilor Marek Gliniecki is being opposed by Michael Poppa and JoAnna Rush. Both of the challengers were active in the anti-discrimination ordinance debates earlier this year in the city.
Ward 2 will have a contest in the general election between Tim Janssen and Blake Morgan. Ward 1 incumbent Becky Fast is unopposed.