Filing for Jackson County offices opens Monday, and officials say they are trying to make that process more orderly this year.
The office of county executive and all nine legislative seats are up for election this year, as are party committee positions. Party primaries are Aug. 7, and the general election is Nov. 6. Filing ends at 5 p.m. March 27. Legislative and executive terms are four years.
Scott Burnett, chair of the Legislature, said the new procedures are being put in place “so it’s a little more coherent” when the rush of candidates shows up on the first day of filing.
Filing opens Monday at the County Courthouse at 415 E. 12th St. in downtown Kansas City. Those wishing to file a declaration of candidacy are asked to use the door on the west side, facing Oak Street. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Candidates are being asked to form a single file before the security checkpoint. Someone from the county clerk’s office will pass out numbers to those in line, and candidates are then to line up by number on the second floor outside the glass doors marked “Legislative offices.” The clerk’s office opens at 8.
All candidates should bring their current voter ID card, and candidates for executive or the Legislature should bring a Department of Revenue Form 5120, the candidate’s affidavit of tax payments.
Questions can be sent to Clerk of the County Legislature Mary Jo Spino at firstname.lastname@example.org.