ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – A St. Charles County candidate’s struggle to get on the November ballot for sheriff will fall short due to a runaround by election officials. He feels the move was racially motivated.
Steve Abbington said he did everything the St. Charles Elections Office told him to do. However, he will be running as a write-in candidate for sheriff in Tuesday’s election. Abbington had issues with the election office in May when he said he turned in 600 signatures so that his name could be on the November ballot. However, the election office said they never received them.
“I believe the Director of Elections once told me the condition of the Assistant Director of Elections’ desk is a sin,” said Katherine Runyan, a former employee. “I did hear something about the election authority not being able to find all of his signatures.”
The election’s director Rich Chrismer said the candidate would need more than 1900 signatures to be on the ballot.
“I don’t believe there is respect for his culture, especially on the part of the Assistant Director,” Runyan said. “I believe that she was the one that did the paperwork for him for his filing.”
Abbington said he filed a complaint with the state about the ordeal. Though he fell short of the necessary signatures, it is not stopping him from possibly becoming the county’s next sheriff.