JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri judge has refused to delay Tuesday's scheduled start of candidate filing for state Senate districts.
A lawsuit filed Monday argued that filing should be delayed for 15 days or until a final map for Senate boundaries has been approved. A tentative map was released last week but needs a 15-day public comment period before it can be finalized.
Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office defends the state against lawsuits, agreed that a temporary restraining order should be issued in order to provide clarity for candidacy filing.
But Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green denied the request for a restraining order delaying the filing period during a hastily called Monday hearing.
Candidacy filing is scheduled to run from Tuesday until March 27 for federal, state and county offices.