While there are two elections in Pettis County in the next six weeks, it is already time for candidate filing for the fall primary and general elections.
Pettis County candidate filing for the Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general election begins at 8 a.m. today and runs through 5 p.m. March 29. All filing will take place at the Pettis County Clerk’s office in the Pettis County Courthouse.
The following positions are open for filing this year: eastern commissioner, western commissioner, sheriff, assessor, treasurer, public administrator, coroner and surveyor. So far, only one candidate has officially announced their candidacy. Deputy Assessor Christopher Woolery announced in January he is running for the vacant assessor’s seat, citing his experience in the assessor’s office since 2011.
Clerk Nick La Strada reminded potential candidates they must have Form 5120 filled out, an affidavit stating candidates have paid all their taxes, to file for candidacy.
La Strada said his office has been extremely busy the last few weeks, registering voters and preparing for the two upcoming elections.
“It’s good to see people getting engaged in the process,” he said Monday.
Candidate filing for the state primary and general election also opens today. According to a news release, offices that file with Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office this year include U.S. senator, U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, state senator in odd-numbered districts, state representative and certain judges. Candidates can visit www.sos.mo.gov/elections/candidates to find information on filing. The website states 17 state senators and 163 state representatives will be up for election this year.
All candidates are required to file in person at the secretary of state’s office at 600 W. Main St. in Jefferson City, unless a candidate is a member of the armed services on active duty or unable to appear due to a physical disability.
For both the county and state, candidates who file on the first day will be entered into a random drawing to determine the order of ballot placement on the primary ballot.
Today also marks the first day of absentee voting for the April 5 municipal election in Pettis County; the last day to register to vote for that election is March 9. The last day to request a mailed ballot is March 30. La Strada’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 for absentee voting.
For more information about 2016 elections, contact La Strada’s office at 660-826-5000 ext. 918, his cellphone at 660-281-7767 or stop by the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Citizens can also like “Pettis County Elections Office” on Facebook for updates. Ballots can be viewed on pettiscomo.com.