Race for city council lines up

rpulley@lsjournal.comDecember 20, 2013 

Lee’s Summit candidates for City Council began filing this week for the April municipal election.

Hopefuls include a former council member, incumbents, a lawyer, and several business people who have filed for four-year terms on the council.

Mayor Randy Rhoads filed for election to a second term, as has District 4 Councilmember Dave Mosby.

Rhoads is a retired engineer and Mosby is a safety specialist with an engineering company.

In District 1, Robert Dye and Diane Forte filed for the seat being vacated by Kathy Hofmann. Dye is retired after a career in finance and banking. Forte is part-owner of a small business.

District 2 has three candidates at this point: Craig Faith, Timothy Denker and Trish Carlyle, running to replace Brian Whitley. Faith is director of public safety at John Knox Village, Denker is a lawyer and Carlyle is a paralegal.

The District 3 race is between Joseph Spallo and Diane Seif. Spallo was on the council but left office in 2012 because of term limits. Spallo is an accountant who owns a tax-preparation business and Seif is a business consultant for entrepreneurs.

They’ll vie for the seat of Ed Cockrell.

Municipal Judge Dana Altieri filed for election to her second four-year term. She also has a law practice.

Cockrell and Hofmann cannot run again because the City Charter forbids council members from serving more than two consecutive terms. It doesn’t limit the total number of terms held by a person.

District 2 Councilmember Brian Whitley earlier announced he won’t seek election. Because of district boundary changes he would need to run in District 1.

Questions of whether there will be a good number of well-qualified candidates for city offices for months have been a coffee-shop topic for community leaders, said Bob Glaser, chairman of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.

“I like the fact that there’s more than one candidate in every district, except Mosby’s, I think that’s good,” Glaser said. “There are people running in those districts who have really been involved.”

Glaser said there are other people who’ve expressed interest in running who might yet file.

The announced candidates all filed Dec. 17. The last day of filing is Jan. 21.

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