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Persons wishing to file a declaration of candidacy to appear as a candidate for nomination at the August 6, 2024 Primary Election for the following offices will file in the office of Rachel Lightfoot, County Clerk, in the Polk County Courthouse, Rm 11, 102 E Broadway, Bolivar, Missouri.
Commissioner of the County Commission North District
Commissioner of the County Commission South District
Public Administrator
Declarations of candidacy may also be filed for the following political officers who are to be elected at the Primary Election.
Township Committeeman
Township Committeewoman
Filing will open on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. and continue until Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.
Rachel Lightfoot, Polk County Clerk, shall establish by random drawing the order in which such candidates' names shall appear on the ballot. It shall be conducted so that each candidate may draw a number at random at the time of filing, the number shall be recorded, and the names of candidates filing on the first day of filing for each office on each ballot shall be listed in ascending order of the numbers so drawn.
Candidates for County offices must present the following items at the time of filing:
(1) Proof of Identity (RSMo 115.355.4)
(2) $100.00 political party filing fee (RSMo 115.357.2)
(3) A copy of Affidavit of Tax Payment Form 5120 filed with the Department of Revenue affirming that the candidate is not currently aware of any delinquency in the filing or payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes or real property taxes on their place of residence; or is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state (this form can be obtained from the County Clerk's Office or online at http://dor.mo.gov/forms/5120.pdf) (RSMo115.306) form must notarized.
(4) Candidates for Public Administrator must provide to the election authority a copy of a signed affidavit from a surety company authorized to do business in this state indicating that the candidate meets the bond requirements for the office of Public Administrator (RSMo. 473.730)
There are felony statutes applying to county officials. RSMo. 115.306 states, "No person shall qualify as a candidate for elective public office in the state of Missouri who has been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the federal laws of the United States of America or to a felony under the laws of this state or an offence committed in another state that would be considered a felony in this state.

Posted 2/21/2024