CARROLL COUNTY, Mo. — Questions about the Democratic candidate’s legal right to run to represent Missouri’s 39th District in the Missouri House of Representatives have reached a conclusion.
KMZU News was recently made aware of a Carrollton city statute which barred any employees of the city, including any officers on Carrollton’s police force, from seeking public office while still holding their position in the city. The Democratic candidate for the seat, Ethan Perkinson, is currently serving on Carrollton’s police force, prompting questions about his eligibility to run.
That clause in the city code, however, is rendered null and void by a Missouri state law, which specifically allows police officers and other law enforcement officials to run for office while still holding their job.
The city ordinance, which was readopted in 2002, is supplanted by any state law.
Ethan Perkinson is seeking to replace Joe Don McGaugh, who resigned to become the eighth circuit associate judge. Perkinson is facing off against current Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh.
The election is set for February 6. Find a clarifying Facebook post from Perkinson’s campaign below.