Meg Lefferdink, one of three Republican candidates for the circuit clerk’s seat to be decided in the Aug. 3 primary election, has decided to withdraw. Her name, however, will still appear in the …
Meg Lefferdink, one of three Republican candidates for the circuit clerk’s seat to be decided in the Aug. 3 primary election, has decided to withdraw.
Her name, however, will still appear in the ballot due to the lateness of her decision. The deadline to have a name removed off the ballot was May 8, according to County Clerk Barb Daly.
Lefferdink has not actively campaigned for the position, though she acknowledged she had plenty of support to continue should she have chosen that route.
“I was still thinking I was going to go forward with this,” Lefferdink said. “The date came and I didn’t have a good feeling where the two candidates would be. It seemed the best thing to do was become inactive and throw my support behind one of the candidates.”
Her decision leaves incumbent Jerri Jordan and Brenda Eggering as the two candidates vying for the four-year term. Jordan is in her third term and has been in office since 1999. Prior to winning her first election, she was appointed to fill the remaining few months following a vacancy in the office.
Eggering, meanwhile, has been employed in the circuit clerk’s office since 1979.
Whoever wins the August primary will be unopposed in the November general election.
Lefferdink entered the race on March 30, the final day to file, filling out the papers nearly the same time as Eggering. Since then, Lefferdink said she mulled over the decision whether to run or stop her campaign.
“I thought we needed a viable candidate,” Lefferdink said. “I backed off because in a three-way race the votes would have been split.”
Lefferdink said she is throwing her support behind Eggering, who has worked in the circuit clerk’s office since 1979.
“She has 30 years’ experience of doing that job,” Lefferdink said. “I think she will do a great job.”
Lefferdink served two terms representing Ward 2 in the city of Warrenton from 2003-2007. She lost a re-election bid in 2007 to current Alderman Beth Kendall.
Although Lefferdink is halting her plans to re-enter the political arena, she didn’t rule out a possible attempt in the future.
“It’s everybody’s civic responsibility to help out in the community we live in,” Lefferdink said.