Berry’s petition contesting county executive election denied by Jefferson City judge


Stenger faced Republican Paul Berry III in the November 2018 general election.

Republican county executive candidate Paul Berry III filed petitions contesting the results of the St. Louis County election Nov. 6, but a Jefferson City judge denied the claims the same day.

Berry, a bail bondsman and Republican from Maryland Heights, lost to County Executive Steve Stenger, a Democrat, 56.92 percent to 37.3 percent.

Berry filed a writ of mandamus and a writ of prohibition Nov. 16 in Cole County Circuit Court against the Missouri Ethics Commission and its executive director and chairperson, the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners chairperson and both the Democratic and Republican election directors in St. Louis County.

But Judge Jon Beetem denied both petitions the same day, writing, “The Court is not of the opinion that the preliminary orders in mandamus and prohibition respectively be granted and therefore denies the requests.”

Berry filed the petitions “pro se,” or by himself without the assistance of an attorney.

He asked that Stenger be disqualified because he allegedly had not filed a required personal financial interest statement with the Ethics Commission before April. He sought an order to prevent the election board from “erroneously certifying the general election votes received by disqualified candidate Steven V. Stenger.”