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East St. Louis committeeman charged with violating order of protection

East St. Louis Precinct 20 Committeeman Nathaniel R. McCloud Jr. is charged with violating an order of protection issued in St. Louis County.

The warrant naming McCloud was issued by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. It says McCloud “engaged in a course of conduct that placed the victim, a protected person, in fear of harm.”

The charging document said McCloud repeatedly circled an establishment where he knew the petitioner was located.

McCloud, reached by phone, said, “This is about me and my son.” No one from the petitioner’s side could be reached for comment.

In an upset, McCloud defeated Edith Moore in the 2016 election to become the committeeman for the 20th precinct.

Moore had filed suit to keep McCloud off the ballot, alleging that McCloud filed a document with Circuit Clerk Tom Holbrook’s office withdrawing his name from the Feb.16 primary election. But a St. Clair County Circuit judge denied Moore’s effort.

McCloud said under oath that he never filed a document withdrawing his name as a candidate. McCloud also said he did not authorize anyone to file such a document on his behalf. That case is still pending in the court.

Moore, 68, of East St. Louis, faces three counts of forgery and voting violations stemming from the race for Democratic precinct committeeman in the 20th precinct.

Moore “knowingly prevented another person from lawfully voting,” according to the complaint issued Dec. 5. She was released on her own recognizance. That case is also still pending.

Moore is the former head of the East St. Louis Community Development Office, a former East St. Louis city manager and a former member of the East St. Louis Housing Authority trustee board. She remains on the East St. Louis Township board of trustees.