Lee’s Summit women claim election night

rpulley@lsjournal.comApril 8, 2014 

Women took three seats on Lee’s Summit City Council with Diane Seif, Diane Forte and Trish Carlyle winning April 8 in unofficial returns.

Mayor Randy Rhoads, Councilman Dave Mosby and Municipal Judge Dana Altieri were unopposed in re-election bids. The winners will serve four-year terms.

Seif had 822 votes, beating Joseph Spallo who had 608 votes in District 3 with all precincts reporting. Seif is a well-known community leader and businesswoman, challenging Spallo, who owns a tax preparation business and had served four terms before sitting out one election cycle due to term limits. She campaigned on a slogan “People not Politics” while Spallo emphasized his track record of constituent service and fiscal conservatism.

In a three-way race for District 2, Carlyle won a close race with 658 votes, edging out Craig Faith with 633, both well ahead of Timothy Denker with 555 votes. Faith is director of emergency services for John Knox Village, Carlyle is a paralegal and Denker a lawyer who practices in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Forte, a business owner, had 997 votes to Robert Dye’s 454 in the District 1 race with all precincts reporting. Dye is a retired business executive who worked in finance. Forte said she would support additional funding for economic development in Lee’s Summit, while Dye said there should not be until there is increased cooperation between the city and groups like the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council. Dye stood apart from other candidates in proposing to build a waste-to-energy plant to replace the city landfill.

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