How do I run for office?

General Information on Running for Office



File an Affidavit of Candidacy to run for office in Iowa.  You also have to collect signatures from other people on nomination petitions for most offices.  You can only turn in this paperwork during certain periods of time before each election.

Turn in candidate paperwork to the following places to run for office:
If you want to run for... File paperwork with...
Federal or State Office Secretary of State's Office
 County or City Office Linn County Auditor's Office
 School Board School Board Secretary
Community College Board Community College Board Secretary

You also need to file Campaign Finance paperwork if you raise or spend money campaigning.  If you want to put up signs, you need to follow certain rules and laws.  If you need maps, voter lists, or other information to help with your campaign, there are forms to fill out to get the information and laws about how you can use it.  You can find more information for each step below.

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Filing timelines for 2017 Elections

 

You must file Nomination papers with the correct office during the filing period. You cannot file papers before the filing period begins nor after the filing period ends.

The following elections will be held in 2017:

2017 School Board Elections – File with the School Board Secretary or Community College Board Secretary

First Day: Monday, July 10, 2017
Last Day: Thursday, August 3, 2017 (5:00 p.m.)

2017 City Elections – File with the County Auditor
First Day: Monday, August 28, 2017
Last Day: Thursday, September 21, 2017 (5:00 p.m.)

How do I start a public measure?


There is a limit on what kinds of public measures can be put on a ballot in most cities in Iowa.  Some measures can only be requested by petition, and some can only be called by the governing body.

Turn in paperwork to the following places to request a public measure election:
If you have a petition for... File paperwork with...
County public measures Board of Supervisors (for most measures)
City public measures
City Clerk
School public measures School Board Secretary
Community College public measures Community College Board Secretary

Call the Auditor’s Office (319-892-5300) if you don’t know if a public measure can be put on a ballot or not.