Run for Office
What qualifications do I need to meet?
All candidates running for office in Texas need to meet basic requirements for the position, including age, citizenship status, residency and other requirements.
Where do I file?
Who you file with, and where the paperwork goes, depends on the office you are running for in Texas.
If you are running for an office based in one county, you file to run for office with your local county Democratic county chair.
If you are running for an office that represents more than one county, such as a statewide office, district attorney and many state senate and representative seats, you file with the Texas Democratic Party, 1106 Lavaca St #100, Austin, TX 78701 by mail or in person. The Texas Democratic Party is open from 9 - 5 weekdays and 10 - 2 on Saturday to accept filing paperwork. Sunday appointments available by request; email JBoynton@txdemocrats.org to set up an appointment.
Paperwork and the fee for running for office must be submitted by 6 pm December 14, 2015.
- Application for a place on the ballot for County or Precinct Chair
- Application for most candidates, including county and statewide offices
- Cost of filing to run for office, by office
- Nominating petition, replacing the fee associated with running for office
Name a Treasurer
Before you raise or spend a single dollar for your campaign, you must file a campaign treasurer.
If you are running for U.S. Representative or U.S Senate, you file with the Federal Election Commission.
If you are running for an office that represents more than one county, you file your treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission. You can file online.
If your office is a countywide or county district office, you file your treasurer with the County Clerk in person.