June 30, 2014

Tax issue boots candidate off Cass County ballot

Keith Wunder, a Belton Republican, had filed for Cass County presiding commissioner. He says he filed his Missouri income taxes in May, but won’t challenge the removal of his name from the August primary ballot.

One of the three Republicans who filed for Cass County presiding commissioner, Keith Wunder of Belton, has been removed from ballot because of a personal tax issue.

“I received information that indicated Mr. Wunder was delinquent with income taxes and there was no response within the 30-day time limit,” County Clerk Janet Burlingame said.

According to state statute, candidates for public office shall be disqualified if they are delinquent on any state income taxes, personal property taxes or real property taxes on the place of residence.

Wunder believes there was a mix-up with his taxes, but he won’t fight the issue in court. He said he filed his income taxes in May, but received a notice earlier this month that he was not eligible to be on the ballot.

The removal of Wunder’s name leaves two Republican candidates for presiding commissioner: incumbent Jeff Cox of Raymore and Dave Morris of Peculiar.

The winner of the Aug. 5 primary will face Democrat Phil Duncan of Belton and Harrisonville’s Lora Young, a Libertarian, in the November general election.

| Bethany Bashioum,

Special to The Star

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