WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE?
Interested in running? Let us know so we can keep you updated on how the redistricting process might affect you, training offerings, staffing support, endorsement opportunities, and more.
All of the information below only applies to federal, state, and county-level offices. For municipal and special district offices, let us know you’re running because we do have special programs for you that we’ll keep you updated on. And then review this guide from the Secretary of State for more information.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
To run for office in Texas you’ll need to meet the basic requirements for the position you’re seeking, including age, residency and other requirements.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Texas Secretary of State: Qualifications required to run for office
- Texas Secretary of State: 2020 Candidate’s Guide – Running for Federal, State, District or County offices
(2022 version not yet available).
Not sure what office you want to run for yet? Our partners at the National Democratic Training Committee have an online training that you can take any time at your own pace to help you decide if running for office is right for you — and what position best suits you.
HOW DO I FILE TO RUN?
If you’re running for a federal, state, or county office, the filing period to appear on the ballot for the March 1, 2022 Democratic primary runs from November 13, 2022 – December 13, 2022 at 6PM. Please note that these dates are subject to change if there are delays in district boundaries being finalized in the redistricting processes.
Because of the delayed redistricting process that impacts every districted office (e.g., county commissioner, state house, state senate, city council in some places), we recommend that you strongly consider paying the filing fee in lieu of gathering petition signatures, if that is an option available to you. Most district lines — and some district numbers — are very likely to change. Any signature collected before redistricted maps are adopted by the legislature or Commissioner’s Court may be invalid if the voter later is no longer in the district or the district number changes. This does not apply to countywide offices.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Find the filing fee for your office (2020 info but a good guidepost until updated information is available)
- Coming soon: Create your campaign’s petition to file by petition in lieu of filing fees. Find applications to file for office and other info here.
WHERE DO I FILE?
Who you file with depends on the office you are running for in Texas.
- If you are running for an office situated in only one county, you file to run for office with your local County Democratic Party Chair. (see the listing on this website)
- If you are running for an office covering more than one county, such as a statewide office, U.S. Congress and many state legislative seats, you should file by mail or in-person with the Texas Democratic Party. The appropriate addresses will be available on this page in advance of the opening of the filing period.