How To File For Office

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

Overview

This page contains instructions on how to file for City of St. Louis offices.

  • If you wish to file for a federal or state office, contact the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
  • To file for an office in St. Louis County, visit the St. Louis County website for more information.
  • If you are filing for a municipality, school district, fire district, or other special district in St. Louis County, please contact that entity directly.

Election Years and Terms

The City Treasurer, Circuit Attorney, Sheriff, Committeemen, and Committeewomen stand for reelection every four years: in 2024, 2028, 2032, etc.

The Collector of Revenue, License Collector, and Recorder of Deeds stand for reelection every four years: in 2022, 2026, 2030, etc. 

The Mayor, Comptroller, and all Aldermen/women serving odd-numbered wards stand for reelection every four years: in 2021, 2025, 2029, etc. 

The President of the Board of Aldermen and all Aldermen/women serving even-numbered wards stand for reelection every four years: in 2023, 2027, 2031, etc.  

Finally, there are seven members of the City of St. Louis Board of Education. They serve staggered terms of four years each.

 

Preparation

Qualifications

If you wish to declare candidacy for a City of St. Louis office, you must meet certain qualifications. Review and determine that you meet the qualifications for:

For additional information regarding qualifications to file for an office, please contact the Board of Elections at (314) 622-4336.

Deadlines

Take note of the filing deadlines for each office:

Mayor, Comptroller, Alderman/woman, President of the Board of Aldermen

Filing Opens 8:00am, 100 Days before the primary election
Filing Closes 5:00pm, 60 days before the primary election
Withdraw 50 days before the primary election

City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Circuit Attorney, Sheriff, Committeemen, or Committeewomen

Filing Opens 8:00am, the last Tuesday in February immediately preceding the primary election
Filing Closes 5:00 PM on the last Tuesday in March immediately preceding the primary election
Withdraw 50 days before the primary election

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

 

Instructions

  1. Fill out your certificate of nomination.
  2. Visit the City Treasurer’s Office and pay your filing fee. Make sure to get a receipt.
  3. Obtain a statement of tax clearance from the Collector of Revenue's Office, confirming that you are not delinquent in the payment of city taxes and water and refuse bills.
  4. Bring the above 3 documents to:

Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

 

Fees

$50.00 for City Treasurer, Collector of Revenue, License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, Circuit Attorney, and Sheriff 

$100 for Committeemen and Committeewomen

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

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

 

What to Expect

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.

Mandatory Ethics Filing Dates for All Candidates

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 office 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.

 

Contact

Board of Election Commissioners

electionboard@stlouis-mo.gov

(314) 622-4336

300 N Tucker Blvd
St. Louis, Mo 63101

Monday - Friday 8 AM – 5 PM On Election Day Polls Open at 6 AM and Close at 7 PM

Contact the Board of Election Commissioners

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