Run for Public Office

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​US Senator and US Representative​​

​Use the instructions below if running for the following:

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State Representative​​​

Minor Party Candidates 

Nonaffiliated Candidates​ ​​

March 3, 2022 was the deadline for candidates to be registered as a Nonaffiliated (Not a Member of a Party) in order to run for office as Nonaffiliated at the General Election this November.​

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 federal or statewide partisan office, candidates should complete candidacy forms found in Elections Forms. Candidates should submit them candidacy forms to the appropriate filing officer. Candidates 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.


Voters' Pamphlet

Any state or federal candidate may file a statement for inclusion in the state voters’ pamphlet. Any federal or statewide candidate may submit translated versions of their English statement for inclusion in the online translated 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.

Except for translated candidate statements, 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.

Translated candidate statements must be submitted by PDF files by email to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division email: elections.sos@sos.oregon.gov. Please see the Voters’ Pamphlet Filing Quick Guide​ for more information.

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 manuals also provide 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Address Confidentiality

The forms and instructions below are for candidates concerned with personal safety​.

Address Confidentiality Overview

​Application to Exempt Residence Address from Disclosure as Public Record ​(SEL 550)

Non Disclosure Order Instructions and Form​​​