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CLAY COUNTY — Registered voters throughout Clay County will have multiple choices to make when heading to the polls Tuesday, April 2. The following is a rundown of candidates and issues on local ballots.


Holt Community Fire Protection District will have two challengers, Ralph Wright and Jerry Nicas, face off for one six-year seat on its board on the April ballot.

Voters in the city of Holt will have two choices to make of three men running for two alderman-at-large seats. Incumbent Leon Clifford will face newcomers Alec Assel and Matt Schaeffer. Both seats are two-year terms.


Voters in Kearney will have three candidates to choose from for mayor as Randy Pogue, Jim Thomas and Gerri Spencer filed for the four-year seat.

Dan Holt, who filled the unexpired term of late Mayor Bill Dane opted not to run for mayor, instead filing for his former 2nd Ward aldermanic seat being vacated by Pogue. Holt will face Brad Crosser for the two-year seat on the Board of Aldermen.


Every two years, elections are held for the Liberty mayoral seat. Incumbent Lyndell Brenton has a 21-year-old challenger in Joseph Duncan for the position.

In the city’s 2nd Ward, incumbent City Councilman Greg Duncan, who is not related to the mayoral challenger, has a challenger in Lee Murdock.

Liberty voters will also chose whether to maintain or eliminate a ban on pit bulls in Liberty. The question’s ballot language states, “Shall the City of Liberty, Missouri repeal Section 4-29 Keeping of pit bull dogs prohibited, removing the pit bull ban within Liberty city limits?”


With zero opposition, three aldermen will be listed on Smithville’s April ballot. Running to retain their seats, Melissa Wilson is running in the city’s 1st Ward, John Chevalier Jr. in the 2nd Ward and Jeff Bloemker in the city’s 3rd Ward.

There will be a write-in option for each seat as well. Each seat carries a two-year term.

Voters will decide two seats on the Smithville School District Board of Education. Three candidates, incumbent Sarah Lamer and challengers Len Matthies and Carmen Xavier seek election. Each of the two open seats carry a three-year term.

Complete election night coverage will be available online April 2 at www.mycouriertribune.com.

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