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Candidate Filing

When to File: Filing opens on February 27, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on March 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Where to File: Candidate filing is held in the Callaway County Clerk’s Office located at 10 E. 5th Street Room 104, in Fulton, Missouri. (Section 115.349, RSMo.)

County Offices Open for Filing in 2018:

  • Associate Circuit Judges
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • Collector of Revenue
  • County Auditor
  • County Clerk
  • Presiding County Commissioner
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Recorder of Deeds

Candidacy Requirements:  Click here for a list of candidate requirements.

Ballot Placement: First day filers will select a number by random drawing to determine placement on the primary ballot. At the end of the first day filing, the lowest number determines placement on the ballot.  After the first day, candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of their filing.

How to File: To appear as a candidate for nomination on the primary ballot, candidates must do the following at the County Clerk’s office during the filing period:

  1. Show Identification;
  2. Complete the Form 5120 Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payments for the Department of Revenue;
  3. Complete the Notice to Candidate Personal Financial Disclosure for the Missouri Ethics Commission;
  4. File a Declaration of Candidacy; and
  5. Submit a $50.00 filing fee (cash or check) payable to the County Central Committee for the Party in which they are filing.

Independent Candidates: Individuals interested in filing as an independent candidate for Callaway County Elected Offices must do so by filing a petition with the Callaway County Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2018.  The petition shall be signed by the number of registered voters in the district or county which is equal to at least two percent of the total number of voters who voted at the last election for candidates for the office being sought or is equal to ten thousand voters, whichever is less.  The name of each person who files a valid petition for nomination as an independent candidate will be placed on the ballot at the November 6, 2018 General Election as an independent candidate.  Contact the County Clerk’s Office at (573)642-0730 for more information.

Write-In Candidates: A write-in candidate is a person whose name is not printed on the ballot (Section 115.453(4-6), RSMo.) and who has filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2018 (Section 115.453(4), RSMo.) It is not necessary to file a declaration of intent if there are no candidates on the ballot for that office (Section 115.453(4), RSMo.) Deadline for submitting a write-in candidate declaration of intent for the November 6, 2018 election: 5:00 p.m. October 26, 2018 (Section 115.453(4), RSMo).  You must file at the Callaway County Clerk’s Office located at 10 E. 5th Street Room 104, in Fulton, Missouri.

Campaign Finance Reporting or Personal Financial Disclosure: The Missouri Ethics Commission now handles all committee filings.  If you have questions regarding forming a committee campaign finance in general, please call (800) 392-8660 or (573) 751-2020.

For additional information regarding elections or candidate filing:

Office of the Callaway County Clerk

Denise Hubbard, County Clerk
10 E. 5th St Room 104
Fulton, MO 65251

Phone (573)642-0730
Fax (573)642-7181

Missouri Secretary of State

Missouri Elections Division
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone (800)669-8683
Fax (573)526-3242