A court decision condemns the candidacy of a businessman for the post of president of the alderman of Saint-Louis | Policy

ST. LOUIS — A local businessman’s candidacy for president of the College of Aldermen ended on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, entrepreneur Mark Kummer asked a state appeals court to overturn a city judge’s decision to remove him from the September ballot because he had not lived long enough in Saint-Louis.

But the state appeals court said no Tuesday afternoon. Kummer’s attorney said further appeals would be unnecessary.

The city charter states that candidates for alderman must live here for five years and be an assessed taxpayer for two years “before” their election. Kummer, who returned to St. Louis from Boston last year, said he qualified because he lived here from 1985 to 1997 and the taxpayer’s taxable portion was unconstitutional.

But Alderman Jack Coatar, who is a candidate for the race, disagreed and sued. Kummer accused Coatar of hauling water for developers seeking tax incentives. But a city judge agreed with Coatar, ruling that a candidate’s years must be “immediately prior” to the election.

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Then on Tuesday, Kummer said he was ending his campaign, leaving Coatar and fellow alderman Megan Green on the Sept. 13 ballot.

Kummer said he would support Coatar.

Coatar, he said, had more business experience and would do more for North St. Louis.

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