Independence City Council candidates to take part in March 20 forum at MCC-Blue River

Update, March 14: This event was postponed due to inclement weather. The new date and time for the event is Tuesday, March 20, 5-6:30 p.m. Due to the postponement, there will now only be one candidate forum, free and open to the public.

Candidates for Independence’s two at-large City Council seats will appear at two public forums on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River campus.

The first session, 2-3:30 p.m., will focus on younger voters, including college students. The second session, 6-7:30 p.m., is for the general public. Both will be held at the MCC-Blue River Education Center, Room 110. The campus is at 20301 E. 78 Highway, Independence, MO 64057.

The candidate forums, free and open to the public, are sponsored by Metropolitan Community College and the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Register at

The four candidates for Independence’s two at-large council seats are Karen DeLuccie, Mike Huff, Matt Medley and Brice Stewart. Medley filed to be a write-in candidate. All but Stewart have agreed to participate in the forums.

Representatives from the Jackson County Election Board will be on hand to discuss the April 3 election, including information on voter registration. There will also be an overview of the use tax issue that will be on the ballot.

Questions will be addressed to the candidates by a moderator and will be based on topics such as code enforcement, public safety, economic development, finance and budgeting, utilities and energy. Sessions will end with audience questions and then candidate closing remarks.