Federal court rejects Mo. Democrat's ballot appeal

Thursday, June 26, 2008

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal appeals court rejects attempts by a St. Louis Democrat to get on the ballot for a state Senate seat.

House member Juanita Head Walton planned to run against fellow Democrat Sen. Tim Green for his Senate seat. But she was removed from the ballot after Green filed a complaint stating Walton had been a corporate officer in a driver's license fee office that owes the state $40,000 in taxes and fees.

A federal appeals court and a state trial court have each rejected Walton's challenge of a state law requiring candidates to submit affidavits stating they don't owe taxes and they are not corporate officers of fee offices that owe taxes.

Walton is term-limited from the House and cannot seek re-election.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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