Jackson County Legislator James Tindall, D-Kansas City, has resigned.
Tindall’s past felony conviction for filing a false income tax statement had come under scrutiny in recent weeks. He was in final year of his current four-year term and had filed to run again but earlier this week dropped that bid.
The office of County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said it had been in negotiations with Tindall over his qualifications to hold office but said now there is no need for that office to pursue action against him. The prosecutor’s office, in a press release, said the office of Secretary of State Jason Kander had referred that issue to Peters Baker’s office four weeks ago.
The prosecutor’s office looked into the matter and consulted with the Missouri attorney general’s office and an outside lawyer. “We all came to the same conclusion: The law in the state of Missouri is clear that a felon may not hold elected office,” the prosecutor’s statement said.
Tindall served in the County Legislature from 1983 to 1996, when he resigned, and three years later was convicted on tax charges. He was elected to the legislature again in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
Two other Democrats had already filed to run against Tindall – Zachary L. Berkstresser and Alfred B. Jordan, both of Kansas City – though no one from any other party filed. Tindall’s decision to drop his re-election effort earlier this week by state law triggered a new one-week period to file for that office. That period runs through 5 p.m. Tuesday. The primary is Aug. 5.
The 2nd District covers much of the central, east and south parts of Kansas City, from just east of downtown to just east of the Grandview Triangle.