By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
On Tuesday, April 8, Jackson County Legislator James Tindall announced that he would withdraw as a candidate for the 2nd district in the August primary, prompting the re-opening of filings for the seat because Bishop Tindall is the incumbent and under Missouri law it mandates the filings re-open when the incumbent withdraws.
On Thursday, April 10, he also submitted his resignation effective June 30.
Earlier this week black community leaders and some organizations rallied behind Jackson County Legislator James Tindall in anticipation of a motion being filed to remove him from office as a result of a 1999 felony conviction.
Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, pastor emeritus of the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist church, was flanked by Dr. Vernon C. Howard Sr., senior pastor of Second Baptist church, Rev. Sam Mann, pastor emeritus of St. Mark church, and members of the Nation of Islam and the Black United Front and other community leaders and organizations in an effort to let their voices be heard of the anticipation of the quo warranto motion that Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker would have filed to remove Bishop Tindall from his seat on the Legislature.
Rev. Hartsfield challenged the timeliness of the effort to remove Bishop Tindall from office because he only has seven months left to finish his term.
Rev. Hartsfield also stated that with all of the other crime issues that are taking place within the 2nd district and Jackson County as a whole why focus on and use the County’s resources to try and remove Bishop Tindall from office after he has served the most of his term.
Dr. Howard raised an issue, during the press conference, of the constitutionality of Missouri’s law in that when an ex-felon has served his time and his rights are restored why wouldn’t his rights include serving in elected office?
Five people filed a letter with the Secretary of State Jason Kander challenging Bishop Tindall’s name being on the ballet due to his felony conviction.