JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It looks as if Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis’ attempt to run for the state senate is not in the cards.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green dismissed Curtis’ bid to run as a Democrat in the Senate District 14 primary election in August.
Curtis had been barred from running in the race as Democrat to replace the term-limited Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal by the Missouri Democratic Party because he had not paid more than $114,000 in fines for violating several campaign finance laws.
The Missouri Ethics Commission found that Curtis had maintained roughly a dozen bank accounts for his campaign fund, potentially allowing him to use those fund for personal use.
Curtis challenged the decision by the MEC before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, but records show he failed to provide information sought in the case.
When Curtis sought to file, the party blocked him, which they said was their way of exercising their right not to be associated with Curtis.
Curtis and his attorneys argue that gives the party the ability to veto candidates and decide who should run in the races, depriving people of the opportunities to select their candidates.
Curtis’ lawyer has stated they intend to appeal the judges! decision.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.