Where do you live? How can you make a difference in your neighborhood and eventually in your world? Start now, start at the government levels closest to the people. Start making your schools, water districts, fire departments, and cities better by bringing honest and effective leadership. These are mostly volunteer or small stipend offices, but you can actually make a difference. The local municipal elections are on the first Tuesday in April. April 5th for 2017. We’re including the information about school board filling for the two largest districts in St Charles County. All the other ones will have similar instructions. All information you should need are available on the city or board’s websites. Look at the list and see where your service and energy could be a valuable change to your city or neighborhood. Not all of the governments have terms expiring this April so not all of them will be on the ballot. Look for where you are and find out if they are electing new leadership this year.
This is the best way to really affect your world and a way to learn the leadership skills you can use for the future in the larger parts of our governments state and federal.
Filing for April election opens Dec. 13
The Fort Zumwalt School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 4, 2017 election. There are three positions available with three-year terms and one position available with a one-year term. Candidate qualifications are listed on the district website here or you may pick up a copy at the district office. Interested persons may file at the superintendent’s offices located at 555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO. 63366. Filing will begin on December 13, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the school district’s central offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following days when the school district’s central offices are closed: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and January 2 and 16. Filing will end on January 17, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Candidate filing for the April 5, 2016, election to the Francis Howell School District Board of Education opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Dec.13, 2016, and continues until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. The three-year terms of current Board members Rene Cope, Mark Lafata, and Mike Sommer will expire in April 2017.
Francis Howell School District residents interested in filing must do so in person at the administration building, 4545 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304. Candidates can file between the hours of 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Filing will not occur on days that the District’s offices are closed due to inclement weather, or on the following days: Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, and Jan. 16. Filing closes on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM.
Qualified applicants may file for office beginning on Dec. 13 at 8:00 AM in the Superintendent’s Office by declaring their intent to become a candidate, in person and in writing, to the Secretary of the Board. A lottery system for ballot order placement for first and last day filings will be utilized. The candidate shall draw a number at random at the time of filing. The names of the candidates filing on the first day will be listed in ascending order of the numbers drawn and ahead of the names of candidates filing on a later date. The names of candidates filing on the last day will be listed in descending order of the numbers drawn after the names of all candidates who have previously filed on an earlier date.
To be eligible for the Francis Howell School District Board of Education candidates must be: a U.S. citizen; at least twenty-four years old; a resident taxpayer of the District; have (or will have) resided in Missouri one year immediately preceding the election; not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, or real estate property taxes on place of residence; never pled guilty or nolo contendere nor been convicted of a felony; is not registered or required to be registered as a sex offender; and has filed all required campaign disclosure reports for any previous elections.
For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at (636) 851-4026.
- Dec. 13: Filing Opens, 8:00 AM
- Jan. 17: Filing Closes, 5:00 PM
- Jan. 23: Board Candidate Training (if needed)
- Jan. 24: Certification of Candidates
- March 8: Last Day to Register to Vote
- April 4: Election
Candidate filing ending for O’Fallon, Missouri’s municipal election