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Ballwin’s city attorney refunds money after ethical questions are raised

Matt Conlon went to City Hall seeking answers. Or maybe an act of contrition.

Conlon signed up to address the Board of Aldermen over the city’s handling of an election matter I wrote about last November. In 2022, Mayor Tim Pogue had visited a new Ballwin resident who signed up to run for an aldermanic seat.

The man, Brennan Redinger, hadn’t lived in the city long enough to run for office, the mayor told Redinger during the unannounced visit to his apartment. He’d have to withdraw. Redinger did so, but the deadline to remove his name from the ballot had already passed.

The only way to get his name off the ballot would be to file a lawsuit. The city’s attorney, Robert E. Jones, of the Curtis, Heinz, Garrett, & O’Keefe law firm, filed such a lawsuit. But it was rife with problems.

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