One candidate has already been dropped from the August Primary ballot in Cass County.
One of the three Republicans running for the open Presiding Commissioner seat, Keith Wunder of Belton, was removed from the ballot on June 4 due to a personal tax issue, according to the county’s election authority.
“I received information that indicated Mr. Wunder was delinquent with income taxes and there was no response within the 30 day time limit,” Cass County Clerk Janet Burlingame said.
According to state statute, a candidate who files for election to a public office shall be disqualified from participation in the election if they are delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence.
Wunder believes there was a mix-up with his taxes, but isn’t going to fight the issue in court.
By phone this week, Wunder said he filed his income taxes with the state in May, but received a notice earlier this month that he was not eligible to have his name on the ballot due to the tax issue.
“(Burlingame) said I could not run because it was too late,” Wunder said.
Wunder noted that he has plans to pursue his political aspirations at the local level in the future.
The removal of Wunder’s name from the ballot narrows the choice of Republican candidates down to two individuals.
Current Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox, Raymore, will be challenged by Dave Morris, Peculiar, on Aug. 5.
The winner of the Primary will then face Democrat candidate Phil Duncan of Belton, and Harrisonville’s Lora Young, a Libertarian candidate, during the Nov. 4 General Election for the four-year term.