First Ward City Council candidate Jake Loft is receiving some unwarranted attention from former First Ward City Council representative Ginny Chadwick, who stepped down abruptly to avoid facing a recall election. Earlier this week Ms. Chadwick launched a whisper campaign against Loft alleging that his campaign was offering incentives for voter registration, a violation of Federal election law.
In response to our Missouri Sunshine Law request, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren revealed that Ms. Chadwick stopped by the Boone County Clerk’s office to tell staff that “she heard Jake Loft was offering/giving money to people for registering to vote.”
As a precaution, Ms. Noren spoke with Mr. Loft
“Based on my conversation with Mr. Loft I am satisfied, unless further evidence comes to me, that he was not offering or giving money to people to register to vote.” –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren
When looking at Loft’s campaign finances, the Chadwick charge seems even more absurd. So far his campaign has raised a mere $700 and has only $293 on hand.
So why is Chadwick so interested in launching a slanderous whisper campaign against Loft?
Rumors have been floating around town for a while suggesting that she has befriended and is supporting First Ward candidate Nate Brown. Chadwick has also shown support for the First Ward candidacy of Rev. Clyde Ruffin, a local minister who has yet to respond to recently uncovered information tying him to the “pray away the gay” ministry Desert Stream. Chadwick is pictured below after reportedly “crashing” Ruffin’s campaign launch party.
The fact that Mr. Loft was active in the coalition to recall Chadwick might also be her motive.
At a recent forum focusing on development and infrastructure hosted by CoMo Council Watch, Loft presented himself as a definite contender for the open seat, answering pointed questions from the audience that seemed to confuse most (sometimes all) of the other candidates.
“I want to first state that it is extremely important for members of the public to notify my office if they believe or have heard that a law relating to elections might be violated. I appreciate the efforts of citizens to contact us so we can prevent any violations or stop the spreading of unfounded rumors.” –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren