State office contenders disqualified from running

Monday, April 21, 2008 | 4:55 p.m. CDT; updated 3:37 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — A lesser-known governor’s candidate and a former state senator who was running for treasurer were among 14 people disqualified Monday from the ballot by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The commission said the candidates failed to file personal financial disclosure statements by April 15, as required by law.

As a result, commissioners disqualified Christina Anderson, of Springfield, one of two lesser-known candidates running against Attorney General Jay Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Also disqualified from the August primary ballot was former Democratic Sen. Charlie Wheeler, of Kansas City, who had filed to run for state treasurer. Three other Democrats remain in that primary.

The Ethics Commission disqualified eight candidates for the state House and four candidates for county offices. As a result of the disqualifications, some House candidates now face no challengers.

But in cases where the disqualified candidate was the only candidate for a particular party, that political party now will have the opportunity to select a new candidate.

The House candidates disqualified were:

• Leo Brueggen, of Middletown, one of two Republicans seeking to challenge Rep. Terry Witte, D-Vandalia, in the 10th District.

• Stella Sollars, of Kansas City, the lone Republican candidate in District 44, where Rep. Jenee Lowe, D-Kansas City, is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election. Three Democrats are competing to succeed her.

• Republican Rodney Williams, of Grandview, the only candidate of any party to have filed to run against Rep. Kate Meiners, D-Kansas City, in District 46.

• Former Rep. Mike Sager, of Lee’s Summit, who was trying to make a comeback as one of two Democrats in a primary to challenge Rep. Will Kraus, R-Raytown, in District 48.

• Democrat Bill Clinton Young, of Kansas City, the only candidate of any party to have filed to challenge Rep. Michael Brown, D-Kansas City, in District 50.

• Sam Coleman, of St. Louis, who had been one of two Democrats seeking to succeed Rep. Rodney Hubbard, D-St. Louis, in District 58. Hubbard is instead running for Senate. That leaves only Democrat James Morris, of St. Louis, in the House race.

• Robyn Hamlin, of St. Louis, the lone Republican who had filed to run against Rep. Tony George, D-Florissant, in District 74. George also faces a Democratic challenger.

• Republican Jim Lumpkin, the only candidate of any party to have filed to run against Rep. Luke Scavuzzo, D-Harrisonville, in District 124.

Other candidates disqualified were:

• Lynn Hunt, a Democratic candidate for Camden County commissioner.

• Rick Ropka, a Libertarian candidate for Christian County commissioner.

• Bob Talley, a Democratic candidate for Johnson County commissioner.

• Ed Butler, a Democratic public administrator candidate in Lafayette County.

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