Election Day

The next election is months away, but filing will open Tuesday.

Any candidates wishing to run in the April 2, 2019, municipal election will get their first chance to file beginning next week.

Seats will be open for the city of Union, Union R-XI board of education, Union Ambulance District and Union Fire Protection District.

City of Union

The city of Union will be seeking candidates for mayor, aldermen for each of the four wards and municipal judge.

The mayor’s seat has a four-year term while all others are for two years.

The seats are currently held by Mike Livengood, mayor; Jim Albrecht, Ward 1 alderman; Robert Marquart, Ward 2 alderman; Dennis Soetebier, Ward 3 alderman; Karen Erwin, Ward 4 alderman; and A. David Arand, municipal judge.

Filing opens Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 a.m.

Declaration of candidacy should be filed with the city clerk, 500 E. Locust St.. Filing we be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hours will be extended to 5 p.m. on the final day of filing Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

According to Union city code, an alderman must be at least 18 years old at the time of the election. All aldermen must be a U.S. citizen and a Union resident for at least one year prior to the election.

To serve as mayor, a candidate must be at least 25 years old and a resident of the city for at least one year.

For judge, the candidate must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. The candidate does not have to live in Union, but must live in the state. The judge has to be between 21 and 75 years old.

The municipal judge is not allowed to hold any other office, but is allowed to hold employment elsewhere.

Board of Education

Two seats will be open on the Union R-XI board of education. The seats are currently occupied by Karen Tucker and Valorie Steinbeck.

Filing opens Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 a.m. at the Union R-XI administrative office located inside the high school.

Regular filing can be done during normal business hours. The administrative office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The office will be closed Thursday, Dec. 20, until Thursday, Jan. 3, for the winter break.

Filing will not occur when the office is closed for inclement weather.

The last day to file is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

School board candidates must be at least 24 years of age; a citizen of the U.S; a resident taxpayer of the Union R-XI School District; and have resided in Missouri for a minimum of one year immediately preceding the election or appointment date.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on place of residence. They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law.

Additionally, candidates cannot be convicted or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

Newly elected members are required by law to successfully complete 16 hours of orientation and training requirements within one year of the date of the election.

Fire District

The Union Fire Protection District is seeking one director. The seat carries a six-year term.

Candidates interested in the office may file in writing with a notarized candidate’s affidavit. The affidavit must be filed at the fire district headquarters at 1401 W. Springfield Ave.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will remain open until 5 p.m. on the last day of filing Tuesday, Jan. 15.

A $10 filing fee must be paid at the time of filing.

Candidates must be a registered voter in the Union Fire Protection District for more than two years. All candidates must be over the age of 25 and cannot have been found guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States.

Ambulance District

The Union Ambulance District will have two seats open at the municipal election.

Subdistrict 3 and Subdistrict 6 are seeking candidates to serve three-year terms.

The seats are currently held by Chris Jensen and Richard Young.

Any interested candidate can file with the Franklin County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. Filing is open starting Tuesday, Dec. 11, and closes Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.