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  • Skouby's candidacy challenged in prosecutor election

  • VIENNA—Richard Anthony "Tony" Skouby is the municipal judge of the cities of St. James, Newburg and Belle, and he would like to be the Maries County prosecuting attorney.
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      The following story appeared in TriCounty Newspapers the week of Aug. 20. Used with permission of TriCounty Newspapers: 

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      Judge should rule quickly on Skouby candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney

      The following story appeared in TriCounty Newspapers the week of Aug. 20. Used with permission of TriCounty Newspapers: 



      A ruling is expected by next week to determine the eligibility of Richard A. (Tony) Skouby to run as a candidate for Maries County Prosecuting Attorney. A hearing was held last Monday at the Maries County Courthouse in Vienna to determine  Skouby's eligibility. Osage County Associate Circuit Judge, Robert Schollmeyer presided at the over-two hours hearing. Judge Schollmeyer took the information under advisement and gave the attorneys until Friday, August 22 to submit legal argument for his consideration. 

      September 23, 2014 is the deadline for having items placed on the November General Election ballot and it is expected Judge Schollmeyer will act quickly with his decision to avoid any disturbance for Maries County's ballots. 

      Maries County Prosecuting Attorney, Terry Daley Schwartze, in the spring of this year filed the petition to determine Skouby's eligibility to seek an elected office in this county as she believes him to be a resident of Phelps County. Under state statute, an individual seeking the office of Prosecuting Attorney must be "a bona fide resident of the county of which he/she seeks election at which he is a candidate of such office." 

      In the courtroom last week, Skouby testified he lives with his girlfriend and her son in a home he owns on Kathryn Drive in St. James. He said he rents the house to his girlfriend who also is his secretary but does not take money for the rental because he spends many nights with her and she does so much for him, including his laundry. He told the court when the weather is good he spends three to four nights a month at a trailer on wheels with a pavilion at Moreland's Resort in Maries County. 

      When Skouby filed for election in Maries County, he listed his address as 249000 STate Route U, St. James, a Maries County address. However, last week in court, Skouby admitted he does not live there and had never spent the night there, but used the Route U address to get mail because he does not have an address at the Moreland's Resort trailer. Skouby argued his intent to live in Maries County as he works a Municipal Judge at Belle, comes to Vienna several times a week, has distant relatives who live in Maries County, and frequently hunts, fishes and spends time with two Vienna men. He also had a witness who said he drew up plans for the cabin Skouby wants to build at Moreland's Resort. He keeps two guns, furniture and a TV at the trailer, he said. 

      Skouby said he is an avid hunter and fisherman and keeps his boat, guns, fishing equipment and ATV at the St. James, Phelps County address. 

      Skouby said he changed his driver's license and voter registration to Maries County and he pays property tax. He voted in Maries County in April and August. He said the place at the river is where he can relax and get away from work. 

      Prosecutor Schwartze testified at the court hearing. She showed her declaration of candidacy. She told the court she has been a resident of Maries County for 33 years and has been Maries County Prosecuting Attorney for over 11 years. She has known Skouby since 1998 and during that time knew him to be a resident of Phelps County. She filed a petition because of it.

      Attorney Matthew Clement of the Jefferson City law firm of Cook Vetter Doerhoff & Landwehr represented Schwartze. Frank Schwetzer of Salem represented Skouby.  

  • VIENNA—Richard Anthony "Tony" Skouby is the municipal judge of the cities of St. James, Newburg and Belle, and he would like to be the Maries County prosecuting attorney.
    Skouby won an uncontested Republican primary Aug. 5 for the prosecuting attorney's office with 1,143 votes, despite a petition of challenge questioning the eligibility of Skouby to run for the Maries County elected office.
    The petition, filed in the spring of 2014 by current Maries County Prosecuting Attorney Terry Schwartze, questioned the legal residency of Skouby.
    Court delays prevented the petition from being considered until after the Aug. 5 election.
    According to a local report from TriCounty Newspapers, Skouby testified that "he lives with his girlfriend and her son in a home he owns on Kathryn Drive in St. James. He said he rents the house to his girlfriend who also is his secretary but does not take money for the rental because he spends many nights with her and she does so much for him, including his laundry."
    TriCounty Newspapers also reported that during the hearing  Skouby admitted he did not live at the listed address on his election filing.
    He did argue his intent to live in Maries County and that his driver's license and voter registration are both in the county.
    He also claimed that he voted and paid property tax within Maries County this year.
    A decision on Skouby's eligibility is expected to be handed down in the Maries County Circuit Court before the end of September.

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