Seif, Spallo, others?

Lee's Summit JournalDecember 18, 2013 

The silly season unofficially started months ago in Lee’s Summit.

Candidates started showing up at city council meetings for the 4-1-1 on all things political and otherwise. Others opined from the dais.

Officially, though, our trek toward the April 2014 city council election began Dec. 17.

And in what will prove to be an interesting race, community advocate Diane Seif has thrown her hat in the lion’s den. I would say she threw her hat in the ring, but, that term seems to tame for what’s going on at city council these days.

Unless of course you are referring to a three-ring circus.

OK, Seif threw her hat into the three-ring circus.

And joining her (and no stranger to said circus) is former Lee’s Summit City Councilman Joe Spallo.

Spallo was known to sometimes grouse and grump his way through a meeting, taking curt tones with city staff and famously being absent for many budget votes.

He’s also very popular in his District 3 area of north Lee’s Summit, which could prove an issue for Seif.

If she’s willing to get out and walk the district, she could win, though.

Of course, that’s the common denominator for virtually any candidate that wants to win in Lee’s Summit. The majority of the time, those that get out and talk to the voters will see the benefits come Election Day.

Of course, bringing good ideas and sound reasoning to the election forums will also pay dividends. In 2010 and 2012 many witnessed the advantages and setbacks candidates had when faced with election-time issues and topics that they were either extremely prepared or ill-prepared for.

The Seif-Spallo race will be one to watch closely and could be a turning point for many city-related topics after the votes are counted in April.

Where these candidates stand on economic development, business, transportation and arts issues will be under a microscope for many months ahead.

Why they are running is just as important as who they are, who they represent and what they will bring individually to our city council.


John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail

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