A Greenville attorney who wants to serve as Fayette Countys states attorney will appear on Novembers general election ballot as an independent candidate.
Dan Goggin announced his decision to run as an independent on Tuesday, a week after a local electoral board ruled that he could not appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate.
In announcing its decision, the electoral board ruled that nomination papers filed on Goggins behalf by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee contained technical errors.
The electoral board which consisted of County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka and County Treasurer Rose Hoover was convened after the current states attorney, Democrat Stephen Friedel, filed a protest to Goggins nomination papers.
Friedel claimed that the GOP Central Committee failed to file Goggins paperwork within three days of his nomination by the party, as required by state statute.
Randy Pollard, chairman of the committee, testified at last Tuesdays hearing that Goggin was, in fact, chosen by the party within three days of the filing, but that he mistakenly put down on paperwork the date of the committees last meeting prior to the filing.
By statute, Googin could have contested the electoral boards ruling by filing a lawsuit and having his appeal heard by a judge in court.
Goggin, 41, is a Greenville native and a graduate of Greenville High School, Greenville College and the St. Louis University School of Law. He has operated a private law practice in Greenville since 1992.