Filing for county offices begins Tuesday

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Next Tuesday, will mark the first day candidates are eligible to file for the August primary election. Candidates will file on the Democrat or Republican tickets for the following open positions: southern commissioner, northern commissioner, sheriff, assessor, coroner, public administrator and surveyor.

On the first day of filing, a random number will be selected to determine placement on the ballot. Candidates will draw a number after they have provided documents required for filing. The number drawn will appear on the declaration of candidacy.

After the first day, the order of filing will determine placement on the ballot. This system is established by state statute.

Individuals interested in filing on the first day should be in the county clerk's office by 3:30 p.m. in order to complete all of the required forms before closing time, which is 4 p.m.

Candidates are required to file a candidate affidavit of tax payments prior to filing for county office. Candidates will not be allowed to file without that documentation.

The form is available in the county clerk's office or online at A copy of the completed and notarized affidavit must be presented at the time of filing.

Candidates will also be required to submit a $50 filing fee or receipt for $50 from the party treasurer.

All candidates will be required to file a personal financial disclosure statement with the ethics commission. The time period covered by the statement should be 12 months prior to the closing filing date.

The statement must be filed by 5 p.m. on the 14th day following the closing filing date. Mailed forms must be postmarked the day previous to the deadline.

The deadline to file for county office is March 27. The primary election will be held on Aug. 7. The general election will be held on Nov. 6.

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