Run for Public Office

File Online


​​Office (major party) ​Filing Officer ​How to File
​Federal
Statewide
State senator or representative
Judge
District attorney
Oregon Elections Division​ ​Online using ORESTAR

If running for one of these offices and you are part of a major party, you can file entirely online and skip the paper forms. You may be required to pay a filing fee, or submit signatures in lieu of a fee.

Paper candidate filing forms are still available in Elections Forms​ if you prefer not to file online.

Minor party or nonaffiliated candidates use paper Elections Forms and submit to the Elections Division.​

File Locally


​​Office ​Filing Officer ​How to File
Assessor
Auditor
Clerk
Commissioner
Sheriff
Treasurer
Justice of the peace
Precinct committee person​
County elections official​ ​Complete and submit appropriate Elections Forms
​City office ​City elections official Complete and submit the appropriate Elections Forms
District office​ County elections official​ for the county where the administrative office of the district is located. Complete and submit the appropriate Elections Forms​

If running for one of these offices complete candidacy forms found in Elections Forms. Then submit them to the appropriate filing officer. You may be required to pay a filing fee, or submit signatures in lieu of a fee.

Local charter or ordinance provisions may supersede this information. Contact the filing officer to ensure you complete the correct forms.

Campaign Finance Disclosures

Under Oregon campaign finance law, a candidate is required to file campaign finance information with the Oregon Elect​ions Division, regardless of where they file candidacy. The information you are required to file depends on the level of financial activity expected during the calendar year. All candidates, except federal candidates and precinct committee persons file campaign finance information with the Elections Division.

 
If you Then
Serve as your own treasurer
 
and

Do not have an existing candidate committee
 
and
 
Do not expect to spend or receive more than $750 during the calendar year (including personal funds)​.
​No action is necessary.
Do not expect to spend or receive more than $3,500 for the entire calendar year. ​ ​File a Statement of Organization online using ORESTAR or by using SEL 220: Statement of Organization for Candidate Committees.

Establish a dedicated campaign account and file a Campaign Account Information form.

File a Certificate of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (PC7) through ORESTAR or by filing the paper form.​

Expect to spend or receive more than $3,500.​ ​File a Statement of Organization using ORESTAR or by using SEL 220: Statement of Organization for Candidate Committees

Establish a dedicated campaign account and file a Campaign Account Information form.

Voters' Pamphlet

Any state or federal candidate may file a statement for inclusion in the state voters’ pamphlet.

Candidates for county, city and metropolitan service district offices may only file for inclusion in the state voters’ pamphlet if a county in the electoral district is not producing a voters’ pamphlet. Contact the county elections office to find out if they are publishing a voters’ pamphlet and how to be included.

City offices are limited to those cities with population over 50,000.

Candidates must submit statements online through ORESTAR. The statement must be accompanied by the required filing fee or by a completed voters’ pamphlet petition containing the required number of signatures, in lieu of the filing fee.

If filing by petition, you must get approval from the Elections Division before gathering signatures.

Endorsement forms can be filed by paper or attached to the electronic filing through ORESTAR.

Candidate Filing Manuals

Manuals for candidates explains the procedures and requirements for filing for office. The manual also provides the qualifications for public offices, filing deadlines and how to be included in the state voters’ pamphlet.

Manuals on how to file for candidacy, campaign finance reporting, and voters' pamphlet statements through ORESTAR, are available.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Quick Links

See what offices are open​ for 2018

PDF versions of candidate filing forms.

See who filed for an Oregon state, federal, judicial or district attorney position.


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