Filing for Alderman or Alderwoman
Filing guidelines for individuals filing for Alderman or Alderwoman in the March 2, 2021 Non-Partisan Primary Municipal Election
Qualifications to file for Alderman or Alderwoman
- Citizen of the United States for five years
- Resident of the City of St. Louis for three years
- Twenty-Five years of age
- Resident of the Ward from which elected for one year
- Assessed taxpayer of the City of St. Louis for two years
- Shall not have been convicted of malfeasance in office, bribery or other corrupt practice or crime
Provisions for Nomination
To file for Alderman or Alderwoman, the candidate must submit 1. a certificate of nomination, 2. a receipt from the Treasurer’s Office confirming payment of the required filing fee and 3. a statement of tax clearance from the Collector of Revenue’s Office confirming that the candidate is not delinquent in the payment of city taxes and water and refuse bills. These three items are discussed below.
1. Certificate of Nomination: Pursuant to § 2.08.330 of the City Code, candidates for Alderman or Alderwoman are nominated by a certificate or petition signed by registered voters of the ward in which the candidate intends to run for Alderman or Alderwoman equal to at least two percent (2%) of the votes cast for Mayor at the April 4, 2017, General Municipal Election in the ward in which the candidate intends to run for Alderman or Alderwoman. Therefore the number of registered signatures required for each candidate will vary and depend on which ward the candidate is running for Alderman or Alderwoman. Results for the April 4, 2017, General Municipal Election can be found here:
Each registered voter signing the certificate must declare that he or she is a bona fide supporter of the candidate seeking nomination as Alderman or Alderwoman, and has not aided, and will not aid, in the nomination of any other candidate for Alderman or Alderwoman. The individual who gathers the signatures on a given page on behalf of the candidate must sign that page before a notary attesting to the fact that the registered voters signed that page of the certificate in the presence of the person gathering the signatures. All signatures must be original, not electronic, signatures.
This certificate or petition must be filed with the Election Board prior to the candidate’s name being placed on the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election ballot. Upon filing the certificate with the Election Board, the Election Board will provide the candidate with a Receipt confirming receipt of the certificate and will check the number of signatures as a threshold requirement; however, verification of signatures may not occur on the date of filing. Upon verification of signatures, if the certificate or petition has been signed by fewer than the required "bona fide" registered voters the candidate will be notified and be given an opportunity to cure this deficiency. Please note, however, the candidate will lose his or her place on the ballot until the deficiency has been corrected and the candidate’s ultimate position on the ballot will be determined by when the Election Board receives the requisite number of verified signatures. All deficiencies must be cured prior to the close of the filing period.
A link to the certificate/petition form for a candidate seeking nomination as Alderman or Alderman can be found here:
2. Filing Fee: Prior to the placement of the candidate’s name on the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election ballot, the candidate for Alderman shall provide to the Election Board a receipt showing payment to the City Treasurer of the filing fee of $373.00.
This filling fee can be paid at the Treasurer’s Office, City Hall, Room 220, at the Payroll window, between 8:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
3. Statement of Tax Clearance: Pursuant to § 2.08.430 of the City Code, prior to placement of the name of the candidate for Alderman or Alderwoman on the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election ballot, the candidate must
- File a Statement of Tax Clearance with the Election Board provided by the Collector of Revenue evidencing that the individual is not delinquent in the payment of any personal property tax, real property tax on properties located in the City of St Louis that are wholly or partially owned by the individual filing for elected office, or City of St. Louis earnings tax and not delinquent in the payment of any City of St. Louis water and refuse bills. The Collector of Revenue’s office has created a Candidate Clearance Form. The form can be found here:
- Statement of Tax Clearance
- Candidates can submit their forms early to the Collector of Revenue if they choose to and pick them up from the Collector of Revenue beginning the first day of filing. Completed forms can be submitted to email@example.com.
- File an Affidavit with the Election Board affirming that the candidate is not delinquent in the filing or payment of any personal property tax, real property tax on properties located in the City of St. Louis that are wholly or partially owned by the candidate, City of St. Louis earnings tax, and City of St. Louis water and refuse bills.
When filing opens, the Collector of Revenue’s Office will be setting up a station in Room 410 of City Hall where candidates can obtain their Clearance Statements. This will allow the candidates to come to a one-stop shop for earnings tax, personal property tax, real estate tax, and water and refuse bill clearance. This station will open at 7:00 a.m., on the first day of filing, and will thereafter be open from 8:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, until filing closes. Detailed information regarding candidate clearance can be found here https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/collector/candidate-clearance/.
For placement on the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election ballot, the filing period opens November 23, 2020, at 8:00 a.m., and closes January 4, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.