Sunday, April 6, 2014
Board of Aldermen hopeful Jerry Wilkerson has been disqualified, but he has not given up hope.
A write-in candidate for the north ward, Wilkerson missed the first filing deadline of Jan. 21 to be on the ballot for Tuesday’s municipal election because he was waiting to see whether an exception to state statute would allow him to run for office despite being a two-time convicted felon. State law grants an exception to class four cities, which Auxvasse is, so Wilkerson filed as an official write-in candidate.
However, last week, Wilkerson’s status as a certified write-in candidate was challenged when the city of Auxvasse notified the Callaway County Clerk’s Office that Wilkerson owed the city money for past-due utility bills.
After consulting with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office and Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson, Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard confirmed Friday that Wilkerson’s debt to the city disqualifies him.
“We’ve really worked on looking into this to make sure we reached the correct decision,” Hubbard told the Fulton Sun on Friday afternoon. “He’s in arrears for about $1,200 for user fees to the city, so he does not qualify as a candidate based on state statutes.”
She said the only write-in candidates that can be elected to office are certified candidates — votes for anyone else do not count.
Wilkerson is not totally without options as he continues his quest for office, however.
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