How To File For Office

Candidate Information on how to file for City of St. Louis offices.

If one wishes to declare his or her candidacy for a federal or state office, he or she needs to 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. 

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 
  • State Representative 

Filing for City Office

If one wishes to declare his or her candidacy for a City of St. Louis 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
  • Committeemen
  • Committeewomen
  • Members of the City of St. Louis Board of Education

Qualifications

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).

Terms

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 wards are 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 Fees

$50.00 for City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Public Administrator, Circuit Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Sheriff 

$100 for Committeemen and Committeewomen

1% of their salary for the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and Aldermen 

$100.00 for a candidate for the City of St. Louis Board of Education

Filing Dates

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 be advised that candidates may not file their Declarations prior to this time frame. 

Mandatory Ethics Filing Dates for All Candidates

Where to File 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. 

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 Missouri Ethics Commission website. 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.

Review the Municipal Elections page for more candidate information on city offices.

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