UPDATED at 7 p.m. Monday with comment from the affected candidate
BLACK JACK • A four-way race for mayor of Black Jack in Tuesday's election is still down to three candidates, following the disqualification last week of City Councilwoman Carmen Watkins-Austell, according to the St. Louis County Election Board.
Eric Fey, a board official, said Friday and repeated on Monday that the Missouri Department of Revenue had ruled that Watkins-Austell wasn't eligible because she owed personal property taxes.
Watkins-Austell on Monday asserted in an interview that she is still a valid candidate because the personal property taxes are part of her pending bankruptcy case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Fey said, however, that votes for Watkins-Austell would not be counted unless the election board received a court order telling it to restore her status as a candidate.
Fey said because it's too late to remove Watkins-Austell's name from the ballot, any votes cast for her will not be counted.
Other candidates for mayor are the longtime incumbent, Norman McCourt; former Black Jack Councilman Leo Simmons and Kenneth McClendon, a former Berkeley councilman.