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KCMO School District: Smith’s Name Won’t Be on Ballot, But She’s Running Write-In Campaign


Although Lyne’t C. Smith didn’t qualify to have her name printed on the ballot, she is running a write-in campaign for election to the at-large seat on the Kansas City, Missouri School District Board of Education.

According to the Kansas City Election Board, Smith filed on time and would have been appointed to the at-large position, because she was running unopposed. However, she did not have enough signatures of registered voters from the district on her nominating petition, so her name could not appear on the ballot.

Her petition was 76 signatures short of the required 500, Smith said.

There are four open positions on the Board of Education. In addition to Smith, who is running for the at-large seat, two candidates filed to represent sub-district 1. However, nobody is currently running to represent sub-districts 3 or 5.

Candidates for the one contested seat — incumbent Arthur Benson vs. Jonathan Hile — will be on the general election ballot next April.

On New Year’s Day, the district lost state accreditation. One plan being discussed for the troubled district is dissolution of the Board of Education, which may account for the lack of interest in filing for the open seats.

The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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