Candidate Information

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

(1) A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
(2) A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Citizens who are interested in running for state or local offices in Virginia, should start by downloading the appropriate Candidate Information Bulletin from the Virginia Department of Elections web site to get information about qualifications for a particular office, filing requirements and deadlines, where to file the required forms and documents and other information about running for a particular office. All candidates for office must also comply with state laws regarding campaign finance and advertising.

Candidate Information, Forms and Reports may also be obtained by contacting:

Virginia Department of Elections
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-8901
Toll-free in Virginia: (800) 552-9745
Fax: (804) 371-0194

Fairfax County residents needing forms and/or assistance may contact:

The Office of Elections
Candidate Phone: 703-324-4716
Candiate Email:
General Registrar: 703-222-0776

Political Signs

Fairfax County candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with local ordinance, Chapter 9.5 of Title 24.2, Code of Virginia, and state law prohibits posting political campaign signs on roads and medians. During the times the polls are open and ballots are being counted, political signs may be placed outside official polling places for a maximum of 24 hours, but they are not permitted within 40 feet of any entrance of any polling place, by state law.

For information and restrictions in the Town of Herndon, call (703) 787-7380.

For information and permits in the Town of Vienna, call (703) 255-6341.

 Party Candidates

Fairfax County residents who are seeking to be a nominee of either the Democratic or Republican Party should contact the local committee for party regulations and activities.

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (
2815 Hartland Rd
Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: (703) 573-6811
Fax: (703) 560-7004

The Fairfax County Republican Committee
Fairfax County Republican Committee
4246 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 766-4467
Fax: (703) 766-2404

Independent Candidates

The filing deadline for independent candidates for offices elected in November 2017 is 7:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017.

Candidates for School Board and the Soil and Water Conservation District run as independents and, therefore, are not nominated by primary elections.


Petitions require a minimum number of certified voters.


Office Number of signatures
State Senate 250
House of Delegates 125
Board of Supervisors 125
School Board 125
Soil and Water Commission 25
Clerk of Court 125
Sheriff 125
Commonwealth's Attorney 125

For further information and forms, go to the Virginia Department of Elections Website

2017 Primary Election Filing Fees for Fairfax County Candidates

The filing fee is 2% of the minimum annual salary for the office sought in effect for the year in which the candidate files. (Code of Virginia, §24.2-523)

2017 Primary Election Filing Fees
for Fairfax County Candidates - Note: Members of the House of Delegates file in 2017

Office Sought Base Salary Filing Fee
Virginia Senate
House of Delegates
Clerk of Court $140,230 $2,804.60
Commonwealth's Attorney
Board of Supervisors


The Constitutional Officers (Commonwealth's Attorney and Sheriff) are shared with the City of Fairfax. If a candidate lives in the City, he/she pays the fee to the Treasurer of Fairfax City. If a candidate lives in the County, he/she pays the fee to the Fairfax County Director of Finance. (§ 24.2-524)

Candidates for School Board and Soil and Water Conservation Directors run as independents and, therefore, are not nominated by primary elections.

The Clerk of Court serves an 8 year term, and is on the ballot every 8 years.

Candidates who are nominated by a political party by a method other than a primary election may be required to pay a filing fee. This fee is determined by the rules of the political party. Candidates should contact the political party chairman for further information.

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