Barry County clerk reminds candidates of filing dates

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Filings for elected county positions begin Feb. 25, end on March 25

Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, is reminding those who wish to file for a County Office that the first day to file will be Feb. 25.

For the first day only, a random number will be selected to determine placement on the primary ballot, per state statute 115.395.2 RSMo Supp. 1997. Candidates will draw a number after they have provided the documents required for filing. The number drawn will appear on the declaration of candidacy. After the first day, order of filing will determine placement on the primary ballot, per state statute 115.395.2, RSMo Supp. 1997.

No declaration of candidacy for nomination in a primary election shall be accepted for filing prior to 8 a.m. on the last Feb. 25.

Any candidate filing on the first day should be in the County Clerk's Office no later than 3:30 p.m., in order to complete all the required forms before the 4 p.m. closing time. No declaration of candidacy will be accepted after the 5 p.m. deadline on March 25.

Also, all candidates will be required to file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement with the Ethics Commission. The deadline is 14 days from the closing date, March 25, of filing for candidacy. Personal Financial Disclosure Statements must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 14th day following the closing date for filing for candidacy, or postmarked the day previous to the deadline to be considered timely filed. The time period covered by the statement should be the 12 months previous to the closing date for filing for candidacy.

Candidates are required to file a Candidate's Affidavit of Tax Payments prior to filing for county office. The form is available in the clerk's office or online at: http://dor.mo.gov/forms/5120.pdf.

At the time of filing, the candidate must present a copy of completed and notarized affidavit. Candidates are not eligible to file for county office until they provide a copy of the completed and notarized affidavit. If a candidate is filing for either collector or treasurer, the candidate must provide a signed affidavit from a bonding agency stating that the candidate is bondable.

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

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