Individuals hoping to file candidacy for the general municipal elections on April 3, 2018, will have that opportunity starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Candidates can report to designated filing locations, which vary depending on municipality, to submit their candidacy and credentials for any open seats within that municipality. In addition to mayoral and alderman positions, openings for elected service exist on local school district and fire district boards.
For 4th Class Cities like Manchester and Town & Country, aldermanic candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, an inhabitant and resident of the city for at least one year preceding their election, and a resident prior to and during time of servitude. Mayoral candidates must be at least 25 years of age.
For 3rd Class Cities like Chesterfield and Maryland Heights, those wishing to file for city council must be 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, an inhabitant of the city for one year preceding the election and a resident from the ward from which they are elected six months preceding the election. Mayoral candidates must be at least 30 years of age.
An election candidate for a local school board position must be a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of the state for one year preceding election of appointment and at least 24 years of age.
For director positions in local fire districts, candidates must be over 25 years old and a voter within the district one year prior to election or appointment.
For charter cities like Creve Coeur, Ellisville and Wildwood, qualifications and other terms are outlined in each municipality’s specific city charter.
For specific filing instruction and filing location hours, visit each municipality’s official website for specific rules and procedures.
Candidate filings will close on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m., and the final certification date is Tuesday, Jan. 23. The final deadline for write-in candidates for the April election is March 23. Write-in candidates also must file at the St. Louis County Election Board, located at 725 Northwest Plaza Drive in St. Ann.