Sunday, November 15, 2009

Candidate pays her taxes so she can run for office

Before she clinched the nomination to fill a vacancy in the State House on Saturday, St. Louis Democrat Hope Whitehead paid a visit to City Hall a day earlier.

Not to mobilize supporters, but to pay hundreds of dollars in outstanding taxes.

It was more than just her civic duty. Under state law, candidates with overdue tax bills are ineligible for the ballot.

Her obligations met, a panel of city Democratic leaders gathered Saturday to nominate Whitehead, 50, to fill the vacancy created by former state Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, who submitted his resignation at the end of September after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.