Stevie Wakes, Sr.

The Kansas City, KS, Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has three of its six seats up for election. 

In the District 3 At-Large race, incumbent Rose Mulvaney will face off against community activist CeCe Hardin in the general election. In the regular District 3 race, incumbent Jeff Bryant will face two competitors in the Aug. 1 primary.   

The big news is that Robert Milan Sr., who has represented BPU District 1 for more than three decades, is not seeking reelection. Pastor Stevie Wakes Sr., who is senior pastor at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in KCK, is seeking to replace him, but first he has to face off against two other candidates in the primary.  

One of his competitors, Rick Yarnell, used to work as internal auditor for BPU and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the utility. The lawsuit follows the indictment of the BPU’s then-chief administrative officer, allegations of clean air violations, and an auditor’s report revealing that the power company gave out 21 no-bid contracts.

We weren’t able to find anything on the other candidate, Alex Sanchez.  

Register of the Deeds Primary

The current Wyandotte County Register of Deeds, Nancy Burns, isn’t seeking re-election and her vacation position seems pretty popular, with five people contending for this position that’s responsible for managing Wyandotte County real estate documents.  Current Deputy Register of Deeds, Susie Warner Nelson, is vying to move up and take her boss’ place. Bust also contending for the seat are community activist CeCe Harlin, who’s also vying for a seat on the BPU Board; Madella Henderson,a longtime KCK resident who went to Wyandotte High and KCK Community College, and Lawrence Willis.  .as well as to seat is among the most popular a full race for Register of Deeds, three Black candidates vie for votes alongside the CeCe Harlin is a digital creator and community activist.  Two other candidates Lawrence Willis and Ashley Bolton are candidates for this position.