With five City Council seats, as well as Mayor up for election next spring, District 2 Council member Trish Carlyle has become the first to make public her intentions to seek re-election.
Carlyle was first elected to the Lee's Summit City Council in April 2014.
"I've not yet accomplished all that I would like to accomplish as apart of my service to the community as a councilwoman," Carlyle said in a news release. "There is the finalization of a new strategic plan for the city, the implementation of the new comprehensive improvement plan that voters approved in April and many exciting economic development projects that I want to see through to fruition."
Official filing for the April 2018 municipal elections begins December 12 and runs through Jan. 16, 2018. District 1 Council member Diane Forte and District 3 Council member Diane Seif's terms also end in April of next year. Neither has made an official announcement regarding re-election. In District 4, Council member Dave Mosby is finishing his second term and his seat will be open for election. Fred DeMoro was recently selected by the Council to fill the District' other seat after Chris Moreno was recalled by voters. A special election will allow voters to decide who completes the term set to expire in 2020. Lee's Summit voters will also be selecting the city's next mayor as Mayor Randy Rhoads' term expires in April 2018.
"There is no reason to wait until the filing period opens to announce my intention to run for re-election," Carlyle said. "I want people to know that I believe we have unfinished business and that they have my long-term commitment to seeing those issues successfully resolved."