Hassler, Pretto disqualified for Mehlville Board of Education

Two candidates for the Mehlville School District Board of Education were disqualified from the municipal elections Tuesday.

The school district said in an email to families and district residents Monday that the St. Louis County Board of Elections informed the district that candidate Peggy Hassler, current president of the board, and incumbent Jean Pretto were disqualified from the April 4 election. The reason for their disqualifications was that they failed to file their financial disclosure statements with the Missouri Ethics Commission on time. The deadline was Jan. 17.

According to a news release from the MEC, the commission became aware of the candidates’ failure to file their financial statements when the school district submitted a candidate list to the commission March 31.

While Hassler and Pretto’s names were still on the last Tuesday’s ballot, votes for them did not count. Also on the ballot for the school board was incumbent Jeff Wolman. Hassler, Pretto and Wolman were the only candidates for the three open seats.

Since only three candidates filed for three open seats on the board, Hassler and Pretto’s seats will remain vacant until the Board of Education appoints directors in accordance with its bylaws. The next Board of Education meeting is a reorganization meeting scheduled for April 13.

Also on the ballot for the school district was Proposition E, a 31-cent tax rate increase to fund competitive salaries. Hasser and Pretto’s disqualification “has no impact on residents’ ability to vote on Prop E,” the district stated. Prop E passed with over 60 percent of the vote.