Plunkett will challenge
There will be at least three primary election
races at the county-level in August.
The latest primary race developed on Monday
of this week when Jim Plunkett, Republican of
Platte City, tossed his name in the hat for District
2 Platte County commissioner. He will oppose the
incumbent, fellow Republican Steve Wegner, in
the Aug. 3 primary vote.
Plunkett told The Landmark this week he filed
because he believes his "experience in business
can be an asset to the county.
Plunkett, who has a wife and three children,
owns a construction firm.
"I've been a business owner for 20 years.
I plan to be a financial watchdog of taxpayer
money. I'm running because I want our government
to be less about politics and more about the people
it represents," he said.
"I'd like to ensure that Platte County is
a county we can raise our children in. One of
the issues at hand is that of the power plant
(Great Plains Energy is proposing to build a coal-fired
power plant about four miles outside of Weston).
I feel that something of this magnitude must be
thoroughly researched and people's concerns addressed.
We must put the safety of our citizens before
money," Plunkett remarked.
"Communication with the community is one
of the things that a public servant is obligated
to provide. I plan to have an open door policy,"
Wegner declined to comment on Plunkett's filing.
Wegner was elected to his position in November
of 2000 when he defeated incumbent Diza Eskridge
in a tight race.
Other primary races will be needed on the Republican
ballot for assessor, where Paul Gross of Weatherby
Lake and Lisa Pope of Dearborn have filed, seeking
to replace incumbent Christine McQuitty, who has
said she won't seek reelection; and on the Democratic
ticket for public administrator, where Terry Edwards
of Riverside will face off against Terry Vest
of Platte City, with the winner advancing to the
general election to face a Republican opponent,
likely to be Charlie Dickman of Kansas City. Democrat
Janet Waddell, incumbent public administrator,
is not seeking reelection.
In other positions, incumbent Michael Short,
Kansas City, Republican, has filed for reelection
for county commissioner in District 1; Dick Anderson,
Republican of DeKalb, is running for reelection
as sheriff; Democrat incumbent Bonnie Brown, Kansas
City, has filed for reelection as treasurer; Chris
Dalton, Kansas City, has filed as a Republican
candidate for treasurer.
Filing deadline for county candidates is next
Tuesday, March 30 at 5 p.m.