What do I need to do to run for office?

County Candidate

This includes Magistrate Judges.

  1. File a C-1 (Political Treasurer Appointment) form through the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal on or before officially announcing your intentions to run, or designate yourself as treasurer on your Declaration of Candidacy form.
  2. File a Petition of Candidacy or pay a filing fee with the County Elections Department during candidate filing.
  3. File a Declaration of Candidacy with the County Elections Department during candidate filing.
  4. Optional but extremely helpful - Fill out the Contact Information sheet in your candidate packet provided by the County Elections Department.
  5. File all necessary Campaign Disclosure forms on time using the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal.


City Candidate

1. File a C-1 (Political Treasurer Appointment) form through the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal on or before officially announcing your intentions to run, or designate yourself as treasurer on your Declaration of Candidacy form. 

2. File a Petition of Candidacy or pay a filing fee with the City Clerk during candidate filing.

3. File a Declaration of Candidacy with the City Clerk during candidate filing.

4. File all necessary Campaign Disclosure forms on time using the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal.


School Trustee Zone Candidate

  1. File a C-1 (Political Treasurer Appointment) form through the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal on or before officially announcing your intentions to run, or designate yourself as treasurer on your Declaration of Candidacy form.  Online reporting is not required until the candidate receives or expends $500.
  2. Have the County Elections Office certify your Petition of Candidacy.
  3. File the Petition of Candidacy and Declaration of Candidacy with the clerk of the school district that you are running in.
  4. File all necessary Campaign Disclosure forms on time using the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal.


North Idaho College Trustee

  1. File a C-1 (Political Treasurer Appointment) form through the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal on or before officially announcing your intentions to run, or designate yourself as treasurer on your Declaration of Candidacy form.  Online reporting is not required until the candidate receives or expends $500.
  2. Have the County Elections Office certify your Petition of Candidacy.
  3. File the Petition of Candidacy and Declaration of Candidacy with the clerk of North Idaho College.
  4. File all necessary Campaign Disclosure forms on time using the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal.


Taxing District Candidate

  1. File a C-1 (Political Treasurer Appointment) form through the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal on or before officially announcing your intentions to run, or designate yourself as treasurer on your Declaration of Candidacy form.  Online reporting is not required until the candidate receives or expends $500.
  2. Have the County Elections Office certify your Petition of Candidacy.
  3. File the Petition of Candidacy and Declaration of Candidacy with the clerk of the taxing district that you are running in.
  4. File all necessary Campaign Disclosure forms on time using the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Portal.


*Petition of Candidacy and Declaration of Candidacy forms are available through the taxing district you are filing with or the Elections Office

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1. What do I need to do to run for office?
2. Where do I file my Declaration of Candidacy?
3. Do I need to fill out Candidate Financial Disclosure forms?
4. Do I need to file in person?
5. Why is my contact information needed?
6. Is my information displayed on your website?
7. What forms are available to me at the Elections Department?
8. Can I get a list of registered voters?
9. How do I find out who has been sent an Absentee Ballot?
10. When can I see a demonstration of the ballot counting machine?