Maegan Hagan, 33, is one of 12 candidates for Owensboro City Commission, who announced her run for office in November 2017.
Owensboro Times learned Hagan was arrested Tuesday afternoon for failing to appear in court after receiving a traffic violation on June 26, 2018 for no plate registration and no insurance, which is a misdemeanor offense. Hagan was additionally charged Tuesday for no plate registration and failure to produce insurance.
“I’m human,” Hagan said. “I make mistakes and I have learned from it. But me getting arrested for a traffic violation doesn’t compare to the issues facing our community.”
Hagan said that her husband is usually in charge of paying their insurance, but after he was hospitalized in June she forgot to take care of the bill. After her traffic violation in June, Hagan said she wasn’t even aware that a warrant had been issued against her.
“I messed up and I hope it’s not held against me,” Hagan said. “I think it makes me more human.”
Neil Johnston, who ran for Owensboro mayor in 2016, was arrested in August 2016 for trespassing at the Big O Music Fest. The trespassing charge was later dismissed. Johnston did not drop out of the mayoral race and received 2,670 of the 22,224 votes in the election.
Hagan does not plan to back down from her race for city commission.