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Ballwin alderman files for state office race

Ballwin alderman Kevin Roach

Katie Zaitz-Fink

Ballwin Alderman Kevin Roach [Ward 2] has filed candidacy papers to seek the Republican nomination for state auditor in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Roach also is running for re-election to his aldermanic seat in the April 3 election where he is being challenged by Katie Zaitz-Fink. Roach has served on the Ballwin board since April 2015.

Zaitz-Fink was quick to respond to Roach’s state auditor filing with a post on her candidacy Facebook page. After noting that Roach is running for state auditor, she added “… if elected he would have to resign his seat as Alderman of Ward 2.” a statement that is not true. If elected auditor, Roach could remain a Ballwin alderman.

As of March 7, Roach and two other Republicans, David Wasinger, of Huntleigh, and Paul Curtman, of Washington, had declared their candidacies in the state auditor race. Incumbent Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, is the only one from her party who has filed for the office. The filing deadline is March 27.

Asked about his candidacy for statewide office and if it would interfere with his work as an alderman, Roach said, “It’s too soon to say.”

“There’s still a lot of work to do in Ballwin and I’m committed to that. Ballwin is where I grew up,” he said. He added that he does not plan to resign from the Ballwin board if he wins the August primary. “I have a perfect attendance record during my years on the board and I plan to maintain that,” he pledged.

On Facebook, Zaitz-Fink posted “I can assure you that I have no other aspirations for any other public office and that I am fully invested in serving my community of Ballwin.”

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