Run for Public Office
US Senator and US Representative
Use the instructions below if running for the following:
- Commissioner of The Bureau of labor and industries (BOLI)
- Judge of Supreme Court
- Judge of the Court of Appeals
- Judge of Circuit Court
- District Attorney
- County Judges
The filing period for the Primary election will start Sept. 9, 2021 and end March 8, 2022.
If running for one of these offices and
you are a member of a major party,
file entirely online
and skip the paper forms. Major party candidates and nonpartisan offices must file at the
. 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
if you prefer not to file online.
Minor party or nonaffiliated candidates use paper
and submit to the Elections Division at the
If running for one of these offices complete candidacy forms found in
. 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 Elections 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.
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.