In baseball parlance, a hard nine is described as playing as hard as you can until the final out is recorded.
For Lee’s Summit resident and former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White a hard nine is not a foreign concept. White, a Democrat, held a steady, sizable lead against fellow Democrat Sherwood Smith of Kansas City early and often in their quest for the 1st District At-Large seat on the Jackson County Legislature pulling away with 77 percent of the vote during Aug. 5’s primary.
White seeks to replace Theresa Garza Ruiz, who did not seeking re-election after serving two terms in the 1st District At-Large seat. The Kansas City baseball legend will face Republican Weldon Woodward of Levasy in November. Woodward ran unopposed in the primary.