Candidate & Campaign Resources

How do I run for office?


It isn’t difficult to run for office in Iowa, but there are many details to pay attention to.  This page will help explain most of those details, and has links to other resources that will help you run.

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Filing for Local Elections (2017, 2019, 2021…)


Regular elections are held in odd-numbered years for School Board and City Councils.  This page has more information about specific details for these local elections.

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Even-year Elections (2018, 2020, 2022…)


Regular elections are held in even-numbered years for Federal, State, and County offices.  This page has more information about specific details for these larger elections.

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Campaigning and Activities Before Election Day


Even if you have filed to run for office, how do you get your message out?  What can or can’t you do to raise money and awareness for your campaign?  This page has information about contacting voters, filing campaign finance paperwork, and campaign signs.

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Research for Campaigns/Campaigning


Is there specific information you are looking for?  This page has more information about some of the research and data you may want or need to use to guide your campaign.

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Activities on Election Day


The day that everyone is working towards.  Find out more information about polling place activities on Election Day as well as results reporting at the end of the night.

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