BENTON -- A disqualified candidate for associate circuit judge will be allowed to run, according to Scott County Clerk Rita Milam.
Scott Horman, who filed to run against incumbent David Mann for a four-year term as Division 5 associate judge for the 33rd Circuit Court in Scott County, will be on the Aug. 8 ballot, Milam said, as a court petition clearing his candidacy was approved Tuesday.
Horman petitioned the circuit court to overrule the Missouri Ethics Commission's disqualification and allow his name to appear on the ballot.
"I strongly supported this request due to the situation and feel strongly about allowing the voters to decide who the next associate judge should be, not a mistake from a state agency," Milam said.
The Missouri Ethics Commission notified Milam that she needed to remove Horman's name from the ballot because he didn't file a financial interest statement on time.
The county clerk's office and Horman had contacted the Missouri Ethics Commission prior to the filing date, however, and were told Horman did not have to file a financial interest statement. This was definitely a miscommunication between the Missouri Ethics Commission, the county clerk's office and the candidate, according to Milam.
"The Ethics Commission is the office that every candidate contacts if they have any questions about filing the correct paperwork," she said. "When you make the call and the wrong information is given, what are you supposed to do?"
Horman filed the statement immediately after being notified that is was due.
With all the hard work and dedication that candidates put into their campaign, situations like this are unfortunate, Milam said.
"This incident has caused a lot of grief and worry to both candidates and could have been avoided if the Missouri Ethics Commission would have told me and Mr. Horman the correct information in the beginning," she said.