CLAYTON, Mo. – The Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive has filed to officially take her name off the ballot. This may mark the end of a surprising and sometimes confusing campaign.
Court officials tell FOX 2 that Katherine Pinner was representing herself this morning when she appeared before Judge Dean Waldemer in Division 8 in St. Louis County to withdraw her name from the November ballot. A court petition is needed to remove her name from the ballot.
“I have pulled out of the race for Saint Louis County Executive. The reasons are as follow: The exempt status, though feasible for the Primary Election, presents difficulty moving into the General Election. Items related to traditional campaigning and financing do not correspond to my core values. Personal items. I hope for a candidate who can hit the ground running with critical items currently facing the County,” states Pinner Friday.
“It’s too bad Ms. Pinner, who easily won her primary, found only roadblocks and booby traps on the campaign trail. Apparently, Republican leaders are happier picking their candidate out of a hat than abiding by a primary election. It will be quite a week as horses get traded and backs get stabbed. We’ll leave a blank on the campaign mail and fill it in if they settle on a new candidate who actually stays in the race,” states the Page campaign.
Pinner beat former Missouri state Representative Shamed Dogan in August to secure the party’s nomination by just over 7,000 votes. This is the first time she has run for office. The Republic Central Committee is not able to replace her with someone who was on the ballot.
Democrats and incumbent St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Republican leaders had bullied Pinner to get out of the race largely because of her inexperience. That couldn’t be farther from the truth Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Rene Artman said.