The Presiding Officers lead and shape the entire program, meeting throughout the year to build their leadership skills and prepare for their responsibilities for guiding the work of over 1,100 program participants. Officers make a serious commitment to YAG and to the groups they serve, but have tons of fun in the process.
Students are selected for leadership positions in YAG in a number of different ways. The Presiding Officers are elected by their peers in various manners. In some cases, this is by all students at the State Conference. In other cases, this is by students specifically within a program area. The elections for the Presiding Officers are held during the State Conference in Jefferson City. All Presiding Officers will preside at the State Conference held the year following their elections.
Supporting Officers are appointed by the State Office through an application process. These officers fill many program roles, including judge and committee chair. Students wanting to serve as a Supporting Officer need to apply by the stated deadline.
- Google Drive with MOYAG Resources
- Student Leadership Guide: Provides an overview of all Presiding and Supporting Officer positions, including duties and qualifications.
- Campaign and Elections Guide: Provides an overview of the campaign process at YAG, including the campaign and election rules that all candidates must follow.
Presiding Officer Candidate Filing Form
- Candidate Filing Form: Any student interested in running for one of the following Presiding Officer positions must complete this form: Attorney General, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Speaker of the House. This form is due by 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2018. More information about these offices and campaign guidelines can be found here.
Ballot order will be determined based on filing order. The first candidate to file a completed Candidate Filing Form with the State Office will be listed first on the ballot. Only the student’s name will be listed on the ballot.
- Current Candidates: Candidates for the 2018 State Conferences are listed on this page.
There are some changes to the elections process for 2018. Elections will be held on Friday night at the State Conference. If no candidate for an office receives greater than 50% of the vote, a run-off election for the top two candidates will be held on Saturday morning. The 2019 Presiding Officers will be announced at the Closing Session on Saturday. The Campaign and Elections Guide has more details on the elections process.