BENTON - Filing opens Tuesday for countywide offices.
In Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties, the offices of first district commissioner, second district commissioner, sheriff, assessor, public administrator, coroner and surveyor are up for election. Also committeemen and committeewomen from each political party may file at this time.
New Madrid County voters will also fill an unexpired two-year term for auditor. Following the resignation of Brian Mauk in 2007, Michael Allgier was appointed New Madrid County auditor by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve until the next countywide election.
Each of the area county clerks said they will use a "random drawing" procedure for those persons filing a declaration of candidacy on the first day of filing to determine the order their names will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
Beginning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, as candidates turn in their paperwork, they will draw from a container with 100 numbers and the number drawn will be the candidate's assigned number. At the end of the first day, if there are multiple candidates filing for an office under the same party, the names of candidates will be listed in ascending order of the numbers drawn by the candidates. Numbers drawn by the candidates will not be released until the end of the day and candidates will be permitted to draw just one time.
After the first day of filing, candidates will be placed on the ballot in the order they file.
Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said the "random drawing" procedure has been used for the past primary elections and worked very well.
New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens and Mississippi County Clerk Junior Delay agreed the system has worked well. "But it is not nearly as entertaining," said DeLay referring to the lines which would often form in order for candidates to try to obtain the top spot on the ballot.
Candidates for countywide offices must pay a $50 filing fee to the political party committee under which political party they are seeking nomination.
They need to bring the receipt with them or they can pay at the time they are filing for office and the County Clerk's office will forward the fee to the correct political party. The checks should be made payable to the appropriate political committee.
Should anyone have any questions, you may contact their County Clerk's office. The telephone number in Scott County is 573-545-3549; in Mississippi County, 573-683-2146; and in New Madrid County, 573-748-