Run for Public Office

How and Where to File for Office

​​To file for office, you must complete the candidacy filing forms, and submit them to the appropriate filing officer. If required, you must pay a filing fee, or submit signatures in lieu of a filing fee.


Office​​ Filing officer​ ​How to file
Federal
Statewide
State senator or representative
Judge
District attorney
​Oregon Elections Division

​Online using ORESTAR

or

By completing and submitting the appropriate forms.


Local charter or ordinance provisions may supersede the information provided for local offices. Contact the filing officer to ensure you complete the correct forms.
Assessor
Auditor
Clerk
Commissioner
Sheriff
Treasurer
Justice of the peace
Precinct committee person​
​County elections official ​Complete and submit the appropriate forms.

​City office ​City elections official Complete and submit the appropriate forms.
District office​ ​County elections official, of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. Complete and submit the appropriate forms.


Find out which state and federal offices are open for the next election (PDF).    

Search Candidate Filings

Search for everyone who has filed for an Oregon state, federal, judicial or district attorney position.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 their candidacy. The information you are required to file depends on the level of financial activity the candidate expects to spend during the calendar year. All candidates, except for 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 receive a total of more than $3,500 or spend a total of more than $3,500 for the entire calendar year. ​ ​File a Statement of Organization online using ORESTAR or by using the SEL 220: Statement of Organization for Candidate Committees paper form.

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 the SEL 220: Statement of Organization for Candidate Committees paper form.

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 for information to determine whether the county is publishing a voters’ pamphlet, and, if so, 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

The Elections Division provides a manual for candidates that 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 and tutorials on how to file for candidacy, campaign finance reporting, and voters' pamphlet statements through ORESTAR, are also available.​​​​​​​​​