Missouri state Rep. Steve Webb has resigned following charges of numerous campaign finance violations earlier last month.
The Florissant Democrat was charged with a felony count of stealing and seven misdemeanor counts of campaign finance violations.
The felony charge is for stealing and alleges that Webb solicited a $3,000 donation that was supposed to be used for a Legislative Black Caucus reception. The charges allege Webb put the money in his personal bank account.
If convicted, Webb could face as many as seven years in prison.
As soon as the charges surfaced, he faced pressure from his own party to step down. On Monday, he announced his resignation in an emailed statement:
“Today is a tough day for me personally. But, this job is never about oneself. It has been an honor to serve the people of Missouri's 67th District. I've enjoyed this opportunity because it's given me a platform to be a voice for common, everyday people. My commitment to serving others goes far beyond political office.
“I strongly believe that the allegations against me will work themselves out. It’s only right and fair that my family, the people and my colleagues not be negatively be impacted by the distractions these legal challenges present.
“With that being said, it's with a heavy heart that I will be resigning my office effective immediately.”
Here are the documents outlining Webb's charges:
As we previously reported, with Webb's resignation, Governor Nixon will have to set a date for a special election to replace Webb. The 67th District in North St. Louis County is solidly Democratic.
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