Mo. judge refuses to delay Senate candidacy filing

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 6:17 p.m. CST; updated 6:28 p.m. CST, Monday, February 27, 2012

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.

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