Note: Filing deadline for federal, state, and county office for the November 6, 2018 election has passed. We may still be updating a few forms. Thank you!
How to Run for Federal, State, County Office
Are you looking to run for office? Fill out this form and our candidate services team will get back with you soon.
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.
Important qualification documents:
- Qualifications for office in Texas.
- Congressional Filing Form.
- Candidate information from the Secretary of State.
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.
- Note: Filing deadline for federal, state, and county office for the November 6, 2018 election has passed. We may still be updating a few forms. Thank you!
TDP will be open by appointment on any other weekend during filing period. Call Glen Maxey at 512-656-6337 for appointment.
Important filing documents:
- 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 should 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 a State office or for District Judge, you file your treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission.
If your office is a countywide or county district office, you file your treasurer with the County Clerk in person.