There has been a great deal of grumbling about the tenure of Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker from the urban core and suburbanites but those frustrations didn't seem convince the electorate as the often controversial leader won easily with 59% of the vote.
More importantly, Democratic Party loyalty proved far more important than outcry against local leadership amid deadly rising crime.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will return for a third four-year term. Baker, a Democrat, first appointed to the position in 2011, defeated Republican challenger Tracey Chappell, the Blue Springs city prosecutor. From more than 321,000 ballots cast, Baker managed 59 percent of the vote (189,453) against Chappell's 40.8 percent (131,252).