A Jackson County Circuit Court judge has told Clay Chastain, April’s distant third-place finisher in the Kansas City mayoral primary, and attorneys for incumbent Sly James to file arguments to the court by the end of the day Tuesday about whether James should be disqualified as a candidate. Tuesday’s deadline is the first major step in Chastain’s bid to remove James from the ballot. Jackson County Judge Joel Fahenstock indicated on Monday that she might hold a hearing on Friday afternoon.
Chastain sued on April 15, one week after missing the cut in the three-way primary between him, James and Vincent Lee. Chastain learned that James had been late paying taxes on vehicles he owns and crafted a legal argument that such a delinquency means James can’t run for office.
James has acknowledged paying taxes late not only in 2014 but in previous years, too. He had paid his 2013 taxes just days before he signed an affidavit to run for office indicating that he was current on his taxes.