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Donn Swaggerty removed
from election ballot

by Kim Ficket
Landmark reporter

Incumbent Platte County Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight will not have opposition in her party's August primary election after all.

Failure to file a personal financial disclosure with the Platte County Clerk's office has resulted in the removal of a candidate's name in the upcoming presiding commissioner race on the Republican ballot.

According to Wendy Flanigan, director for the Platte County Board of Elections, she received a phone call from County Clerk Sandy Krohne on May 23, informing her of the need to remove Donn Swaggerty's name from the ballot for presiding commissioner.

Flanigan stated that according to Missouri state law, the need to file a personal financial disclosure report is a requirement candidates or elected officials must meet if the position being sought pertains to any public entity with an operating budget over $1 million. The report was required to be filed with Krohne's office by April 16.

Phone calls to Swaggerty for comment had been unreturned by Landmark press time.

Knight will face opposition in the November general election from Curt Cook, Democrat of Camden Point.