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The Chesterfield County Democratic Committee

7617 Pocoshock Way

North Chesterfield, VA 23235

©  Chesterfield County Democratic Committee

Thanks for your interest in running for office in Chesterfield!

 

This page is set up to give you an idea of what your next steps will be once you hear from the CCDC Candidate Recruitment Committee.

    If you would like to be included on the ballot for County office, these are the steps that will need to be followed once you have reached out        to Chesterfield County Democratic Committee and established your intent to run:

1) Contact the Chesterfield County general Registrar. The Registrar’s office can provide information about the availability of filing papers and answer questions regarding nominating petitions and other ballot procedures.

 

2) Arrange to pick up required paperwork.

 

3) Return your completed paperwork within the designated filing window. The filing deadline listed is for independent candidates. Candidates who wish to be run as part of a major party must meet earlier deadlines (TBD) in order to participate in the primary election.

 

County positions that will be on the ballot in 2019

5 Board of Supervisor positions

5 School Board positions

Treasurer

Commissioner of the Revenue

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Clerk of Court

 

Filing Instructions: VA State Senate 2019

 

Here's a link to the comprehensive Virginia Department of Elections Candidacy Requirement Guide for the General Assembly from 2015. We suggest you read through it, if you haven't already. The 2019 Guide has not been published yet. The following steps are based on the 2015 guide and our experiences:

 

(1) Acquire a P.O. Box. You'll need this address for all subsequent documents to simplify the process and prevent amendments.

 

(2) Find a Treasurer for your campaign committee. This individual will be required to complete your campaign finance filings. They'll be working within the COMET system, a simple online interface for inputting income and expenditures.  It's an easy job with minimal time commitment, but it's helpful to get someone who's experienced. It'll save time in the future.

 

(3) Complete a Certificate of Candidate Qualification. This just formally ensures that you meet the basic requirements of a candidate, i.e. you're registered to vote, old enough to run, and live in your district.

 

(4) Establish a campaign committee and familiarize yourself with the summary of campaign finance laws and policies in VA. You'll need to set up a bank account (ideally at a local credit union) and Complete a Statement of Organization. Also acquire an EIN for the committee, which is quickly done online. Although this doesn't have to occur before (5), (6), and (7) below, if you plan to raise money now you need to do all of this first.

 

(5) Complete a Declaration of Candidacy. This form must be signed by either a Notary or two witnesses who are registered to vote in your district. It also has to be filed with the Petition of Qualified Voters below.

 

(6) Complete a Petition of Qualified Voters. You'll need 125 qualifying signatures from residents of your district, which means you should collect at least twice that number to be sure you qualify. It's common for some names/signatures to be disqualified due to illegibility or incorrect/incomplete information.

 

(7) Complete a Statement of Economic Interests. You should be able to do this immediately. You’ll need to email ethics@dls.virginia.gov to be added to the online filing system.

 

(8) Primary filing fee. You'll need to discuss this with the local Party chairs. For a primary, it’s 2% of the annual salary for the position sought. For a caucus, the amount may vary.


Filing Deadlines:

 

Important: If you’re considering a run for State Senate as a Democrat, you need to speak to your local Democratic committee chair(s). Depending on the dynamics of your district and committee, nomination may occur via caucus - thus extending the deadlines as noted in 4.1 below.

 

Filing Instructions: VA House of Delegates 2019

 

Here's a link to the comprehensive Virginia Department of Elections Candidacy Requirement Guide for the House of Delegates offices in 2017. We suggest you read through it, if you haven't already. The 2019 Guide has not been published yet. The following steps are based on the 2017 guide and our experiences:

 

(1) Acquire a P.O. Box. You'll need this address for all subsequent documents to simplify the process and prevent amendments.

 

(2) Find a Treasurer for your campaign committee. This individual will be required to complete your campaign finance filings. They'll be working within the COMET system, a simple online interface for inputting income and expenditures.  It's an easy job with minimal time commitment, but it's helpful to get someone who's experienced. It'll save time in the future.

 

(3) Complete a Certificate of Candidate Qualification. This just formally ensures that you meet the basic requirements of a candidate, i.e. you're registered to vote, old enough to run, and live in your district.

 

(4) Establish a campaign committee and familiarize yourself with the summary of campaign finance laws and policies in VA. You'll need to set up a bank account (ideally at a local credit union) and Complete a Statement of Organization. Also acquire an EIN for the committee, which is quickly done online. Although this doesn't have to occur before (5), (6), and (7) below, if you plan to raise money now you need to do all of this first.

 

(5) Complete a Declaration of Candidacy. This form must be signed by either a Notary or two witnesses who are registered to vote in your district. It also has to be filed with the Petition of Qualified Voters below.

 

(6) Complete a Petition of Qualified Voters. You'll need 125 qualifying signatures from residents of your district, which means you should collect at least twice that number to be sure you qualify. It's common for some names/signatures to be disqualified due to illegibility or incorrect/incomplete information.

 

(7) Complete a Statement of Economic Interests. You should be able to do this immediately. You’ll need to email ethics@dls.virginia.gov to be added to the online filing system.

 

(8) Primary filing fee. You'll need to discuss this with the local Party chairs. For a primary, it’s 2% of the annual salary for the position sought — that’s less than $400 for House of Delegates. For a caucus, the amount may vary.

Filing Deadlines:

 

Important: If you’re considering a run for House of Delegates as a Democrat, you need to speak to your local Democratic committee chair(s). Depending on the dynamics of your district and committee, nomination may occur via caucus - thus extending the deadlines as noted in 4.1 below.