Former Kansas City Councilman Ken Bacchus will almost certainly replace James Tindall temporarily on the Jackson County Legislature.
Bacchus was one of three nominees put forth by the county’s Democratic Party committee to fill Tindall’s seat until the end of the year. But the two other nominees for the 2nd District seat, Keith Brown and Keith Thomas, told the legislature Monday they are endorsing Bacchus.
Because of confusion about a meeting notice, a vote couldn’t be taken this week. The selection is now scheduled for next Monday’s regular meeting.
Tindall, who was convicted of federal tax fraud, resigned under pressure after questions arose about his qualifications for office. State law forbids convicted felons from holding nonfederal office in Missouri. Yet Tindall was about to finish the second of two, four-year terms since his felony conviction when county Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker threatened to force him from office.
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Tindall chose to resign instead as of June 30. Earlier, he had withdrawn his candidacy for a third term.
Three Democrats are running to replace him: Zac Berkstresser, Sterling Brown and Alfred Jordan.
Bacchus served on the council from 1991 to 1999.
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