Qualifications to run for office vary depending on the office and the jurisdiction. See the full list of candidate qualifications for various state, county, and special district offices.
Candidate Application Packet
Candidates must complete a Candidate Application Packet during the candidate filing period. The filing period is only 25 days, starting 113 days before the election and ending 88 days before the election. Paperwork must be picked up from our office. We encourage candidates to start the process early in the filing period to meet the filing deadline. The Candidate Application Packet includes:
- Nomination Petitions (if applicable)
- Filing Fee Information
- Declaration of Candidacy
- Ballot Designation Worksheet
- Candidate Statement of Qualifications
- Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
- Campaign Finance Disclosure
- Code of Fair Campaign Practices
- Declaration of Intention (Judicial Candidates ONLY)
All federal, state, and local candidates and their committees are required to report campaign contributions and expenditures. All Contra Costa county, school, and special district candidates are required to submit their campaign filing reports electronically.
For detailed information regarding campaign finances and deadlines visit the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website.