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Interim St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Wants to Stay

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Jennifer Florida (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A member of the St. Louis Board of Alderman appointed as the city’s interim recorder of deeds says she wants the permanent position.

Mayor Francis Slay named Jennifer Florida to the post through December after Sharon Quigley Carpenter decided to step down amid a nepotism investigation spurred by an opponent in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.

Carpenter acknowledges hiring a great-nephew for several summers but says she misinterpreted the state nepotism statute and still plans to campaign for re-election.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Florida, a Democrat, on Friday asked to be endorsed by the city elections board as an independent candidate on the November ballot.

If approved, she would face the winner of the three-way Democratic primary between Carpenter, Ed McFowland and Jimmie Matthews.

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