Candidate filing for August’s Primary Election begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Phelps County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.

Candidate filing for August’s Primary Election begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Phelps County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.

Five county offices and five court positions are open for filing by candidates seeking their party’s nomination in August. Political-party committee seats for every township and city ward in Phelps County are open for actual election in the Aug. 3 Primary Election.

County-official seats up for election in November include presiding commissioner, county clerk, collector of revenue, treasurer and recorder of deeds. Court-official seats up for election in November include two associate-judge positions, one circuit judge position and circuit clerk.

Although filing officially begins on Tuesday, Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett said, “If a candidate wishes to be in line prior to the official opening of filing at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the candidate’s position in line will be determined by signing a list in the County Clerk’s Office beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

“If candidates wish to secure a place in line prior to this time, it will be at their own discretion, and they will not be monitored by the County Clerk’s Office.”

Once a candidate is placed on the list, the candidate’s position in line must be held by the presence of the candidate or a representative. Individuals holding line positions may represent only one candidate and must identify themselves to the County Clerk’s Office as a representative for that candidate, Bennett explained.

Four 10-minute breaks are allowed for each candidate or designated representative without losing their positions in line.

Candidates or representatives holding line positions will be required to leave the courthouse at 5 p.m. Monday. Line positions, as recorded by the County Clerk’s Office, will be maintained until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Bennett said a representative of the Clerk’s Office will be present in the Main Lobby on the first floor of the courthouse after 7 a.m. Tuesday, to verify line positions as they were at 5 p.m. Monday.

Candidates on the filing list who do not appear by 8 a.m. Tuesday will forfeit their position in line, and they will be filed in order of their appearance after the calling of the candidate filing list, Bennett said.

Candidates are required to present either their filing receipt from their respective political party or their $50 filing fee, their “Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payment” (Form 5120), as well as proof of identification to the County Clerk’s representative at the time they actually file for candidacy.

The Affidavit of Tax Payment needs to be completed and filed with the Department of Revenue before the candidate files with the County Clerk’s Office. Additionally, the affidavit must be notarized by a notary public, and presently, the County Clerk’s Office does not have a notary public on staff, Bennett said. Therefore, she encourages candidates to have the affidavit notarized before filing.

Bennett said a copy of filing guidelines may be obtained at her office in the Phelps County Courthouse at 200 N. Main St. in Rolla.

As candidates who have previously filed for elections know, one big advantage to file early is a higher position on the ballot.