Election Information

2021 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The Creve Coeur general municipal election for Mayor and City Council seats in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4 is Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The first day of filing for all candidates is Tuesday, December 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The first day of filing will be conducted via lottery, and the following days will be first-come, first served and placed on the ballot accordingly. Filing will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Candidates may file for the mayoral seat or a city council seat representing one of the four wards.

Mayoral candidates must:

  • Reside within city limits;
  • Be a qualified voter;
  • Be a resident of Creve Coeur for a minimum of one year prior to the election; and
  • Submit a petition form with 150 signatures of registered voters.

City Council candidates must:

  • Reside in the ward they seek to represent;
  • Be a qualified voter;
  • Be a resident of Creve Coeur for a minimum of one year prior to the election; and
  • Submit a petition form with 50 signatures of registered voters.

Candidate packets are available during regular business hours in the City Clerk’s office at the Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N. New Ballas Road. For more information, contact City Clerk Deborah Ryan at dryan@crevecoeurmo.gov or (314) 872-2517.

Petition Process Guidelines

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates are encouraged to collect signatures in ways that reduce or eliminate face-to-face contact with the community. Candidates should keep in mind the below guidelines when collecting signatures:

  • Original signed petition forms and/or copies of signed petition forms, such as a scan or photo of the signed petition form, will be accepted. For example, individuals may sign the form and send a digital copy of the signed form to the candidate.
  • Signatures must be signed by hand, whether that be with a writing utensil or a stylus pen; Electronic signatures or typed signatures will not be accepted, as they cannot be verified by election authorities.
  • Candidates may submit multiple signed petition forms; all 50 or 150 signatures do not need to be on a single form. For example, City Council candidates may submit 50 separate petition forms with one signature per form.

GENERAL ELECTIONS

 
General elections for the office of Mayor and City Council are held the first Tuesday in April of each year. The opening of filing for elections is at 8:00 a.m., the 16th Tuesday prior to the election. The closing filing date is 5:00 p.m., the 11th Tuesday prior to the election

Nominations for all elective offices are made by petition. Petitions for Council must be signed by a minimum of 50 registered qualified voters of the ward. Petitions for Mayor must be signed by a minimum of 150 registered qualified voters of the city. Upon completion, the petitions are returned to the City Clerk to file with the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners for verification. Petition forms are available at the City Clerk's office.

Mayor


The Mayor is elected by the qualified voters of the city at large at the regular municipal election. He or she holds office for a term of three years. The Mayor must be a qualified voter of the city and a resident of the city for at least one year prior to the election. The Mayor may serve three consecutive terms. The Mayor's term of office begins at the City Council Meeting after certification by the St. Louis County Election Commission.

Council Members


City Council consists of eight members nominated and elected by the qualified voters of their respective ward. Two members are elected from each ward. A council member must be a qualified voter of the city, a resident of the city for at least one year prior to the election and a resident of the ward he or she seeks to represent. Council members serve staggered two-year terms. At the regular municipal election, council members are elected to fill the positions of those whose terms expire. A council member may serve five consecutive terms. A council member's two-year term of office begins at the City Council Meeting after certification by the St. Louis County Election Commission.

Special Elections


The City Council may by ordinance order special elections and fix the time for such elections. Other possible election times are February, June, August and November.