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Filing opens for April municipal election

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Candidate filing is officially under way for Polk County’s upcoming April election, which will be held Tuesday, April 5. 

Every city and school board in the county, as well as several other local boards, have open seats.

Filing opened Tuesday, Dec. 7, and will run through Tuesday, Dec. 28, according to the office of the Missouri Secretary of State.  

Declarations for candidacy are generally filed at the regular meeting place of the governmental body.

School board candidates must be 24, a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district and a Missouri resident for one year at the time of the election, according to the Missouri School Boards’ Association. 

Elected school board members will serve three-year terms, unless otherwise noted, and are required to complete 16 hours of orientation and training within one year of their election.

Those interested in running for local municipal seats and spots on other boards can contact those entities for eligibility requirements. 

Polk County Clerk Rachel Lightfoot said the deadline to register to vote for the April election will be Wednesday, March 9. Absentee voting will begin Tuesday, Feb. 22.

For information on how to register to vote, visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s office website at sos.mo.gov and click the elections and voting tab.

More information is also available locally at the Polk County Clerk’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse. 

What’ll be on the ballot? 

As of press time, the following seats are set to appear on the county’s April election ballots, per Polk County Clerk Rachel Lightfoot. 

Lightfoot noted this list is subject to change if appointments not reported to the clerk’s office have been made throughout the year. 

Municipal elections

City of Bolivar: Four aldermen seats, one in each ward

Village of Aldrich: Two 2-year trustee posts

City of Fair Play: Two alderman positions 

Village of Flemington: Two 2-year trustee seats

Village of Halfway:  Two 2-year trustee positions

City of Humansville: Mayor and two aldermen seats, one in the north ward and one in the south ward

City of Morrisville: Mayor and one alderman seat

City of Pleasant Hope: Two aldermen seats

School board elections

Bolivar R-1: Two seats

Fair Play R-2: Two seats

Halfway R-3: Two seats

Humansville R-4: Two seats

Marion C. Early R-5: Two seats

Pleasant Hope R-6: Two seats

Other board elections

Ozarks Technical College: One seat

Polk County Health Department: Three seats

Citizens Memorial Hospital: One seat

Prairie Heights Sewer District: One seat

Blue Mound Road District: One seat

Bolivar Special Road District: One seat

Flemington Special Road District: One seat

Humansville Special Road District: One seat

Southwest Special Road District: One seat

Central Polk County Fire Protection District: One seat

Pleasant Hope Fire Protection District: Two seats

Walnut Grove Fire Protection District: One seat

Editor's note: This article was updated on Thursday, Dec. 16, to reflect that two seats, not four, are open on the Marion C. Early school board, per Nancy Vance with the school district. 

A change was also made to the listing for the Pleasant Hope School District, changing the number of available seats to two, per a spokesperson for the district.

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