How To File For Office

If one wishes to declare his or her candidacy for a federal or state office, he or she should contact the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. With the exception of the offices of U.S. President and U.S. Vice President, all filings for federal and state offices are done through the Secretary of State’s Office. The Missouri Secretary of State can be found on the internet at www.sos.mo.gov. Federal and state offices include U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Auditor, State Senator and State Representative.

CITY OFFICES, QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN, AND DATES OF ELECTIONS

If one wishes to declare his or her candidacy for a city office, he or she must meet certain qualifications and file a declaration with the Board. City offices include City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Public Administrator, Circuit Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, Aldermen/women, Committeemen, Committeewomen, and members of the City of St. Louis Board of Education. To qualify for any of these positions, candidates must (1) be at least 18 years of age and (2) have both lived and been a registered voter in the respective jurisdiction for at least one year (except for a candidate for the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court, for whom the city residency requirement is three months).

With the exception of the members of the City of St. Louis Board of Education, the terms for all city offices are four years. The City Treasurer, Public Administrator, Circuit Attorney, Sheriff, Committeemen, and Committeewomen are elected at the primary and general elections in 2008 and every four years thereafter. The Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of the Circuit Court are elected at the primary and general elections in 2010 and every four years thereafter. The Mayor, Comptroller, and all Aldermen/women serving odd numbered wardsare elected at the primary and general municipal elections in 2009 and every four years thereafter. The President of the Board of Aldermen and all Aldermen/women serving even numbered wards are elected at the primary and general municipal elections in 2011 and every four years thereafter.  Finally, there are seven members of the City of St. Louis Board of Education.  They serve staggered terms of four years each.

FILING FOR OFFICE

Filing for all city offices must be done at the Board headquarters, located at 300 N. Tucker, St. Louis, Missouri 63101. To run for any city office, a candidate must file a “Declaration of Candidate for Election” with the Board. In addition, at the time of filing, a candidate must pay a filing fee. The filing fee for City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Public Administrator, Circuit Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Sheriff is $50.00. The filing fee for Committeemen and Committeewomen is $100.00. The filing fee for the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and Aldermen is 1% of their salary. Finally, the filing fee for a candidate for the City of St. Louis Board of Education is $100.00. Please see the “Municipal Elections” tab for more information about city offices.

DATES TO FILE

In order to run for any given office, candidates must file their Declarations and pay their filing fees within certain time frames. The time frame for filing for City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Public Administrator, Circuit Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Committeemen, or Committeewomen begins at 8:15am on the last Tuesday in February immediately preceding the primary election; the time frame ends at 5:00pm on the last Tuesday in March immediately preceding the primary election. Please see the “Municipal Elections” tab for more information about all other city offices. Please be advised that candidates may not file their Declarations prior to this time frame. However, candidates may wait in line at the Board headquarters to secure a spot on the ballot as soon before the filing date as they choose. If a candidate wishes to wait in line, he or she must be physically present or have a representative physically present at the Board headquarters between the hours of 8:00am and 4:45pm Monday through Friday. The candidate or his or her representative must be physically present at all times while waiting in line, with the exception of a 15 minute break at 10:00am, a 15 minute break at 2:45pm, and a lunch hour from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. All persons holding a position in line must sign in and out during any break at which time they are absent from the Board. Other than the predetermined breaks, if the individual waiting in line for a candidate leaves the premises for any reason during the required time period, the candidate risks losing his or her place in line and his or her place on the ballot. When filing begins for a given race, the first candidate in line will secure the first spot on the ballot for that race; the second candidate in line will secure the second spot on the ballot for that race, and so on.

REQUIREMENTS AFTER FILING

After a candidate files for any given office, he or she is required to adhere to strict record keeping, conflict of interest laws, ethics laws, and campaign finance disclosure laws. These requirements are mandated by the Missouri Ethics Commission. At the time of filing, each candidate will be given pamphlets and information about the laws and reporting requirements that he or she is required to follow. These laws and requirements can also be found on the internet at www.moethics.mo.gov. Candidates or interested parties can come to the Board during regular business hours to request information about the laws and requirements imposed by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Mandatory Ethics Filing Dates for All Candidates

If you have any questions about filing for an office, feel free to contact the Board at 314-622-4336.