St. Charles, MO -- October 30, 2014
The sexual harassment suit was filed back on October 5, 2011, by Mary Railean Benefield, who had been a St. Charles County employee for 22 years and who had worked in Chrismer's office. Her suit claimed Chrismer stalked and groped her and flirted with other women in the Election Authority office. Since then, seven others have joined the lawsuit, including four employees of the Election Authority, as well.
Normally a Republican candidate for county-wide office would have no trouble winning re-election in a heavily Republican County like St. Charles. But Chrismer drew strong opposition in the Republican Primary and won with less than 51% of the vote against former St. Charles Mayor Patti York and a third candidate. Now Chrismer faces Democratic opponent Kate Runyan this Tuesday.
KMOV, News Channel Four, also uncovered in July of this year, that County Audits show Chrismer was overcharging political subdivisions for the costs of elections. A former assistant director of the office claimed Chrismer did so by more than $500,000.