You are welcome to contact the County Clerk's Office regarding any questions of campaign ethics or campaign finance. However, your best source of information is always the Missouri Ethics Commission. Please see the link to their website. Missouri Ethics Commission
Please note we are hosting a Candidate Ethics Training Class on April 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm for all candidates running in the upcoming August Primary Election. The training location will be the Pat Byrne Memorial Election Building (1005 N. 4th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501). Please call the County Clerk's Office at 271-1412 to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount.
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The first day to file for a County Office for the August 7th Primary Election is February 27, 2018 beginning at 8:00 am. The last day to file is March 27, 2018 until 5:00 pm.
To file for a County Office you will come to the County Clerk's Office in the Buchanan County Courthouse (411 Jules Street, Room 121, St. Joseph, MO 64501). You will file in our office if are running for: Associate Circuit Judge, Presiding County Commissioner, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, County Treasurer, Prosecuting Attorney, County Auditor, and Collector of Revenue. All STATE offices (including Circuit Court Judge) would file in Jefferson City with the Secretary of State's Office.
Documents needed to file for County Office
Candidates who file on the first day by 5:00 p.m. will select a number by random drawing. The random number drawn determines the candidate's primary ballot placement. After the first day, candidates are placed on the ballot in the order of their filing. (Section 115.395, RSMo) Ballot Placement Information