Prairie Village Ward 5 City Council candidates Dan Runion and Marc Baratta emerged from Tuesday’s four-candidate primary to advance to the April 1 general election.
Runion was the clear winner on the night, capturing 324 of all 419 votes cast in the primary, according to the unofficial final tally released Tuesday night. Baratta edged out competitors Roger Bennett, a businessman in the metals industry, and John Robinson, a retired physician. Baratta received 36 votes to Bennett’s 31 and Robinson’s 28.
Runion has secured the backing of many of the residents who signed on to the protest petition against the Mission Chateau development, with many of them displaying Runion campaign yard signs along Mission Road. Baratta, who has made “leading a new generation of Prairie Village” his campaign theme, was among the area homeowners who removed their names from the protest petition after initially signing on.
With the Ward 5 primary finished — and assuming the final official results don’t change — the slate of candidates for April’s Prairie Village City Council general election is set with contested elections in three of the city’s six wards. The candidates will be:
- Ward 1: Jori Nelson and Dale Warman (incumbent)
- Ward 2: Steve Noll (incumbent)
- Ward 3: Eric Mikkelson. (Another candidate, Lauren Wolf, will appear on the ballot, but has announced her support for Mikkelson and is not actively campaigning).
- Ward 4: Laura Wassmer (incumbent)
- Ward 5: Marc Baratta and Dan Runion
- Ward 6: Terrence Gallagher and Paul Gorelick