Roeland Park Council President Marek Gliniecki loses in primary; Poppa, Rush, Thompson, Mau advance to April vote

Michael Poppa
Michael Poppa

Roeland Park City Council President Marek Gliniecki will not be returning to office after the April election.

Gliniecki, the incumbent in a three-way primary race for the Ward 4 council seat, received less than 15 percent of the vote in finishing a distant third. Facing off in the April election will be the top vote getters – Michael Poppa and JoAnna Rush.

JoAnna Rush
JoAnna Rush

Poppa had more than 44 percent of the 342 votes cast in the ward and Rush had just under 41 percent.

The vote totals were Poppa 152, Rush 140 and Gliniecki 50.

In Ward 3, where incumbent Megan England decided not to run for re-election, it was nearly a dead heat to advance to the April general election. Erin Thompson led the three-person field with 107 votes to Linda Mau’s 105 votes. David Gauwitz finished a distant third with only eight votes.

Erin Thompson
Erin Thompson

Thompson’s total represented 48.6 percent of the 220 votes cast to Mau’s 47.7 percent. Gauwitz had also finished a distant third in a special Ward 3 election last year to replace Mel Croston, but indicated he may choose to run again in Roeland Park.

Thompson is running for office for the first time while Mau served one term on the council. She was then defeated by England in the last two elections. She also ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

Linda Mau
Linda Mau
Only one incumbent will be returning to the council from the four seats that are up for election this year. Becky Fast is unopposed for her seat. Jennifer Gunby also chose not to seek re-election this year. Of the other four council seats, two got new members in 2014 as a result of resignations. Those vacancies were filled by special elections.