Clerk’s office releases filing criteria for Cole County elections

This News Tribune file photo shows a Cole County ballot machine during voting on April 4, 2017, at Southridge Baptist Church in Jefferson City.
This News Tribune file photo shows a Cole County ballot machine during voting on April 4, 2017, at Southridge Baptist Church in Jefferson City.


Several public offices in Cole County are up for election this year, and the Cole County Clerk's Office has released filing information for interested candidates.

Seats up for election include Division V Associate Circuit Judge, township/ward committeepersons, Cole County Assessor, Public Administrator, Sheriff, Treasurer and Eastern and Western District Commissioners.

Filing for the Aug. 6 primary election opens at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 and will remain open until 5 p.m. March 26. People can file for candidacy at the Cole County Clerk's Office at 311 E High St., Room 201.

To file, candidates need a Missouri driver's license, birth certificate or other form of identification. They must submit a copy of a "Candidate's Affidavit of Tax Payments and Bonding Requirements" form. Candidates must pay $100 to file with a political party, including Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Central Committee parties.

Independent candidates must file a petition with signatures from registered voters by 5 p.m. July 29. If the petition process is passed, those candidates will be placed on the ballot in November.

Write-in candidates must file a declaration of intent at the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Oct. 25.

Candidates must file in person unless they're an active-duty member of the military or have a disability; those candidates may file by certified mail.

Those who change their minds can withdraw as a candidate without a court order until May 21. After that, withdrawal requires a court order, which could come with a fee.

For those who file Feb. 27, a random drawing will decide how candidates appear on the ballot. After Feb. 27, candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing.

Candidacy requirements vary by position, but there are several requirements all candidates must meet.

In line with the Missouri Constitution, all candidates must:

- Be a U.S. citizen.

- Be a Missouri resident for one year before the election.

- Be a registered Missouri voter.

- Not be delinquent in payment of any taxes.

- Not have been found guilty of/pleaded guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal or state laws, including other states.

- Not have outstanding campaign disclosure reports from past elections.

To be an associate circuit judge, candidates must be at least 25 years old, be a resident of Cole County for at least one year before the election and be licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Assessors must be residents of Cole County.

Public administrators must be at least 21 years old, be a resident of Missouri and Cole County for at least one year before the election, be current in payment of all taxes, and must provide a copy of a signed affidavit from a surety company showing the candidate meets bond requirements.

Commissioners must be residents of Cole County and their respective districts (east or west).

To be sheriff, candidates must be a Cole County resident for more than one year before filing, must be a resident taxpayer and elector, cannot have any felony convictions, must be capable of "efficient" law enforcement and must have a valid peace officer license.

Treasurer candidates must be at least 21 years old, be a resident of Missouri and Cole County for at least one year before the election, be current in tax payments and must provide a signed affidavit from a surety company showing they meet bond requirements.

Committeepersons must be residents of and registered to vote in Cole County and their respective districts for at least one year before the election.

To view Cole County candidate filing information or get more information on the Aug. 6 primary election, go to https://colecounty.org/217/County-Clerk.


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