Resolution praising St. Louis police dies in committee

Aldermen John Collins-Muhammad listens to debate during a meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen public safety committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.  Photo by David Carson, Content Exchange

JEFFERSON CITY — For the second time, state election regulators are suing a St. Louis alderman for failing to pay fines levied for campaign finance violations.

John Collins-Muhammad, who represents the city’s 21st Ward, is scheduled to appear before Cole County Judge Christopher Limbaugh on Nov. 15 to address his failure to pay the Missouri Ethics Commission $930.

The lawsuit says Collins-Muhammad was late in filing multiple reports detailing his fundraising and spending activity dating to 2017.

“As the candidate, Collins-Muhammad is ultimately responsible for all filing requirements,” the lawsuit says.

A similar lawsuit was filed against Collins-Muhammad last year, but it went unresolved.

Contacted Wednesday, the alderman declined to comment on the latest legal action taken against him.

“I don’t do interviews with the Post-Dispatch. It’s a personal rule of mine,” Collins-Muhammad said.

His most recent campaign finance report detailing his spending shows he had $29 in his campaign account.

Along with the campaign finance lawsuit, Collins-Muhammad was arrested in 2017 by Florissant police on an outstanding warrant for driving while his license was suspended.

He was taken to the Jennings jail to face a warrant for his arrest there stemming from a February 2016 case in which he was ticketed for driving with a revoked license and failed to appear in court.

In connection with the case, authorities also contacted Jefferson City police, who had issued a warrant for his arrest for driving while his license was suspended. His problems in Jefferson City began during a traffic stop in February 2014 when he was originally cited for driving with a suspended license.

Collins-Muhammad was elected in 2017 to the Board of Aldermen, where he represents portions of the Penrose, College Hill and O’Fallon neighborhoods.

Before winning the aldermanic seat, he ran in the 2016 Democratic primary race for the 77th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

He was sued by the eventual winner of the election for allegedly failing to reside within the boundaries of the district.

But St. Louis Circuit Judge Julian Bush disagreed with Steve Roberts Jr. and allowed Collins-Muhammad to stay in the race.

Roberts, who is now a state senator, won the four-way primary with 39% of the vote.

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