HILLSBORO, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Accusations of political coercion and retaliation are part of a lawsuit which is seeking more than $500,000 in damages against Jefferson County officials.
The target of the lawsuit is two elected officials in Jefferson County and a third who is currently running for office.
The lawsuit was filed Friday by Jamie Mahn, a former employee of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Hillsboro, Missouri. Mahn claims she was fired because she voted for the Republican candidate and not the democratic candidate working in her office.
Circuit Court Clerk Howard Wagner is not running for re-election but the lawsuit claims he pressured Mahn to vote for Jeanette McKee, his chief deputy, to replace him. Mahn says she voted by absentee for the Republican opponent and then was fired.
The lawsuit says Wagner illegally found out how Mahn voted because his son is the County Clerk in Charge of Elections.
Wagner told News 4 he could not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit but says Mahn is a disgruntled ex-employee. Wagner also said the lawsuit’s timing, a week before the election, is very suspicious.