Filing period for city offices ends Tuesday

Those interested in running for city office have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file with the city clerk.

Jefferson City’s filing period ends Tuesday and, as of Friday afternoon, there is only one race in the 4th Ward, where incumbent Carrie Carroll, who has filed for her last term on the council, is running against Glen Costales.

No other challengers have filed against the incumbents in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 5th Wards.

Elections will be March 4, 2014, if a primary is needed, and general elections will be April 8, 2014.

To file, no fee is required, but candidates must have endorsements from three people who live in the area the candidate wishes to represent.

The endorsements must be signed either before a notary public or before the city clerk.

Endorsement forms are available from the city clerk’s office or on the city website at www.jeffcitymo.org.

To run for council, candidates must be at least 21 at the time of the election, be a U.S. citizen and a qualified voter of the city.

They also must have lived in the city for at least one year before the election and lived in the ward they wish to represent for six months before the election.

Candidates cannot have outstanding debts in the city and cannot have ever been found guilty of misappropriation of funds in office. They also cannot have ever been removed from a seat on the council.

Council members are paid $450 per month.

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