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US state sues former St. Louis mayoral candidate for failing to file fundraising reports | Law and order

JEFFERSON CITY — State ethics regulators sued an unsuccessful St. Louis mayoral candidate for more than $15,000 after he failed to file fundraising reports.

McFarland said Thursday he was unaware of the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court by the Missouri attorney general’s office.

“I haven’t been served so I don’t know exactly what to do right now,” McFarland said.

As a 2017 mayoral candidate, he called for directing tax incentives to low-income areas of the city and the creation of city-sponsored after-school programs.

He came fourth in the general election with 2.1% of the vote in an election that saw former mayor Lyda Krewson elected to her first and only term as city leader.

McFarland, who also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and for alderman of St. Louis in Ward 6, said he has no plans to run for office in 2022.

The lawsuit cites numerous examples of the MEC’s ​​attempts to collect late fees related to its failure to file reports detailing the amount of money it was raising and spending in its bid for mayor.

“McFarland did not avail himself of his administrative remedies,” the lawsuit said.