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Runner-up sworn in over woman elected to serve on Metro East board

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

  (KMOV) – A Metro East woman was elected to office six months ago but she now said she’s not officially allowed to serve.

Ruby Mattox was to be sworn into her place on the Stites Park District but there’s been a series of holdups.

“I been fighting and fighting and I don’t think that I was done right.” said Mattox.

With 177 votes, Mattox had the numbers to win a commissioner’s seat on the Stites Park District Board during the April 2013 elections

News 4 tracked down some of the current park district commissioners who Mattox said were responsible for swearing her in.

“One of the board members said that she was going to resign. So I said if you resign, we won’t have enough to have a board meeting so we have to swear somebody in first,” said Jesse Woolfork Jr., the Stites Park District Board President.

According to Woolfork, that person was the runner up in April’s election, not Mattox.

Woolfork told News 4’s Julian Johnson, if Mattox had shown up to the most recent board meeting, she would have already been sworn in. Mattox claimed she was never told to be there.

According to Woolfork, Mattox will be on the board if she shows up to the next board meeting which will be held on December 10.

“We trying to work with her we trying to do the right thing,” said Woolfork.

Stay with News 4 and for updates on this story. 

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