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Schneider May Be Back in the Race for O'Fallon City Council, Judge Rules

The former state representative was removed from the ballot because of fees owed to the city.

A judge has ruled that Vicki Schneider's name can go back on the April ballot for O'Fallon City Council, the Suburban Journals reported today.

St. Charles County Circuit Judge Richard Zerr ruled Monday in Schneider's favor in Schneider's lawsuit against City Clerk Pam Clement. Clement had refused to certify Schneider's candidacy for the Ward 5 city council seat, citing a Missouri statute that states that "persons in arrears for municipal taxes or fees shall not be candidates for municipal office."

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The "taxes or fees" Clement was referring to were water, sewer and trash bills for rental properties that Schneider owns in O'Fallon. Those charges have been combined into a single bill since June 2012. Schneider said her tenants were responsible for the trash fees.

Schneider told the Journal that she did not expect the city to appeal the ruling.

With her name back on the ballot, Schneider will face Michael Snowden and Jeff Houston for the Ward 5 seat. Snowden was appointed last January to fulfill the term of Mark Perkins who resigned. 

Schneider served eight years as a state representative. Her term in the legislature ended in January, and term limits prevent her from running again.

 

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Jim Frain February 06, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I am positive that our O'Fallon City Clerk Pam Clement focused totally on the Missouri State Statute which details that all taxes/fees, etc., must be current on the final day of filing for office. I am also confident that Pam Clement made a decision based upon what she knew was the letter of the law with no intention of hurting or helping anyone. The decision by Circuit Court Judge Richard Zerr to place Vicki Schneider back on the ballot was made based upon his interpretation of the law and the evidence which was presented to him, along with earlier rulings by the court on similar matters, and it will be accepted by all. As residents of O'Fallon we need an honest and open election, we need a strong voter turnout and we need to hear enough from all of the candidates to make the well educated decisions in all five wards for members of the city council and for the mayor. I ask every candidate to guarantee to the voters their intention to fulfill the total length of the term for which they run. To run for another office in the middle of a term or to leave office during the term is not what our citizens deserve.
Pam Clement, the City Clerk of the City of O’ Fallon is the problem and blocks information and the openness and transparency that our City Government sorely NEEDS. Pam Clement is NOT independent and can never make a decision on her own based solely on her training and the law. Pam Clement stymies’ the public information/Sunshine Law for Records Act. Pam Clement is looking out to protect her political party. And Pam Clement can NEVER make a decision on her own with out calling Bill Hennessy and the City Attorneys’ that make $600,000 annually. It is a true shame that secrets are being kept inside City hall. Here’s to transparency and having Pam Clement respond to Records Requests and the full-disclosure of pending requests. If not, Mrs. Clement will find a “Writ of Mandamus” and “Declaratory Judgment” on her desk with taxpayers having to flip the bill and penalty fines of $1,000 for the first Offense and $5,000 for the second Offense and every Offence there after. Pam Clement NEEDS to learn the meaning of independence and following the law! AC Dienoff City Council Community and Public Advocate

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