Filing for Alferman’s 61st House District seat opens 8 a.m. Friday, June 8

By: 
Dave Marner

Following a court ruling around 1 p.m. today (Thursday), filing for State Rep. Justin Alferman’s 61st House District will re-open for five business days beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

Circuit Judge I.I. “Ike” Lamke issued a ruling this afternoon declaring the re-opening of filing for the Aug. 7 Primary Election to allow residents of the 61st House District the opportunity to file for his position now that Alferman has accepted a position in new Gov. Mike Parson’s administration.

Alferman was registered as a Republican candidate seeking re-election during the 2018 Primary Election and General Election voting cycles. There is a Democrat signed up to oppose the Republican candidate in the November General Election.

This special five-day filing period will only be for the Republican party to seek a candidate to replace Alferman on the Aug. 7 Primary Election ballot.

A candidate seeking to be on the ballot during this special registration period must sign up with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, 600 West Main Street, in Jefferson City.

Alferman, of Hermann, announced June 4 he was taking a position in the governor’s office. Alferman then petitioned the circuit court in Gasconade County to have his name removed from the Aug. 7 ballot. That petition was granted and county clerks in Gasconade, Osage and Franklin all signed off on the judge’s ruling to remove Alferman from their ballots. The 61st House District covers the northern half of Gasconade and Osage counties and the roughly central-and northwestern, and northern third of Franklin County.

This special filing period closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, according to Gasconade County Clerk Lesa Lietzow.

Candidate filing information is found at s1.sos.mo.gov/CandidatesOnWeb/