Primary Election Is Aug. 5

The filing period for candidates running for office in this year’s primary and general elections opens Tuesday and runs through March 25 at 5 p.m.

Franklin County offices up for election include presiding commissioner, circuit clerk, county clerk, recorder of deeds, prosecuting attorney, county auditor and collector.

The primary election is Aug. 5, and the general election is Nov. 4.

There are also some state and federal seats up for election including District 26 state senator, 3rd District U.S. representative and state representatives for the 61st, 109th, 110th 119th districts.

Franklin County Associate circuit judge seats for Divisions 5, 6 and 7 are also up for election.

In addition, the state auditor position will be on the ballot.

All of the positions are four-year terms except for the state representative seats, which are two-year terms.

Those interested in seeking county positions must file with the Franklin County Clerk’s Office.

The county clerk’s office will use a random drawing system to determine ballot placement for candidates who file on the first day. The candidates who file on the first day will draw a number to see where they will be on the ballot.

Candidates who file after the first day will be placed on the ballot in the order in which they file.

There is a $50 filing fee, and filing must be done in person.

There is not a filing fee for those seeking to serve as township or ward committeeman or committeewoman for the Democrat and Republican parties in Franklin County. Those races will be decided in the August primary.

Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said there is a change to the filing process for collector candidates this year. Collector candidates must have a signed affidavit from a surety company authorized to do business in Missouri. The candidate must meet the statutory bond requirements.

Candidates for state offices must file with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W. Main St., third floor, Jefferson City.

State office candidates must file in person at the secretary of state’s office unless they are members of the armed services on active duty or unable to appear due to a physical disability.

State candidates who file on the first day will also be entered into a random drawing to determine the order of ballot placement on the primary ballot.

The filing fee is $200 for statewide office or U.S. senator; $100 for U.S. representative, circuit judge and state senator; and $50 for state representative.