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:
- A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
- 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 website 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:
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-8901
Toll-free in Virginia: (800) 552-9745
Fax: (804) 371-0194
Candidate Phone: 703-324-4716
Candiate Email: email@example.com
General Registrar: 703-222-0776
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)
Pursuant to Virginia Code §24.2-524, certain local candidates are required to pay a primary filing fee to the Director of Finance in the county in which they reside. Below is a schedule for fees required to be paid by primary candidates for the noted offices. Additionally, a receipt is required to be issued in order for candidates to complete their filings with their party organizations. Fees are paid at the Fairfax County DTA Tax counter located at Suite 223 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax VA. See "Important Notes" below for additional information.
The deadline to pay the filing fee is 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2019.
2019 Primary Election Filing Fees for Fairfax County Candidates - State and Local Candidates ONLY
|Office Sought||Base Salary||Filing Fee|
|House of Delegates||
|Clerk of Court||$140,230||$2,804.60|
|Board of Supervisors||
|Chairman Board of Supervisors||$100,000||$2,000.00|
Fairfax County candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with local ordinance, Chapter 9.5 of Title 24.2, Code of Virginia. 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; however, they are not, by state law, permitted within 40 feet of any entrance of any polling place.
For information and restrictions in the County of Fairfax, call (703) 324-4300.
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.
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
8500 Executive Park Ave., Suite 402
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 573-6811
Fax: (703) 560-7004
The Fairfax County Republican Committee
Fairfax County Republican Committee
4246 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax: (703) 766-2404
Information can be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website.
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|
|House of Delegates||125|
|Board of Supervisors||125|
|Soil and Water Commission||25|
|Clerk of Court||125|
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