Metro West Fire Protection District candidate disqualified for April election
St. Louis County Circuit Court on Feb. 11 disqualified Stephen H. Ward as a candidate for the position of board member (director) for the Metro West Fire Protection District. The court determined that Ward “failed to timely comply with the filing fee requirements.” Therefore, the court ordered that Ward be removed as a candidate in the April 2, 2013 election.
Because the ballots have already been printed for the election, Ward’s name will not be physically removed from the ballot. The election commission willl post signs in each applicable polling place noting that the candidate has been “Removed from the Ballot by Court Order.” Any votes cast for Ward will not be counted or reported.
The court action leaves Tim Flora, the incumbent and current District Board Chairman, as the only candidate for the position. Flora will begin his next term in office in April.