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When you see your community plagued by problems and unable to reach its potential, you may feel compelled to run for state representative. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Missouri is a rural and urban state that is broken down into 163 districts. If you live in one of these districts and want to run for state representative, be aware that the process requires careful planning.
Determine if you are eligible. To run for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, potential candidates must be at least 24 years of age, a registered voter of Missouri for two years and a registered voter of the state district that she intends to represent for one year. The candidate must not have been delinquent on payments of any state taxes and must never have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony under federal or Missouri law.
File for candidacy. Go to the Missouri Secretary of State's website and click on the "Elections" tab. Then go to "For Candidates" and click on "Filing Calendars." This will tell you when you can file for the next election and where to go. On the day of filing, you must bring $50, proof of identity, and an affidavit approved by the Department of Revenue that affirms you are not late on any state tax payments.
Take a stance on issues. Running for state office will require you to make difficult decisions on issues affecting your district. If you have lived there for a while, you may already be aware of certain problems like crime, drugs and unemployment. Determine what is best for the people of your district and if applicable, correlate these stances with your affiliated political party.
Create a website. In order for you to stay connected with your possible constituents, build a website that not only details your views, but creates a forum where people can communicate with you about problems. Create subpages that explain your mission statement, personal and political history and goals for your first term. Make sure a contact link is provided and monitor all emails.
Campaign. Make a list of people who may be able to help get your message out. Use contacts at churches, newspapers, radio stations and popular restaurants. Do interviews with local television channels. Schedule town hall meetings where citizens can express their concerns. Challenge your opponent(s) to a debate so the issues will be presented clearly to the public.
Bobby Suds has professionally written stories and reviews since 2005. He has been published in "Frontiers Magazine" and online at The Big Jewel and Opium.com, blending his unique style of humor with informative topics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Notre Dame.