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 OfficeSecretary of State's Office
County or City OfficeLinn County Auditor's Office
School BoardSchool Board Secretary
Community College BoardCommunity 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 2019 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 2019: 

2019 School Board Elections – File with the School Board Secretary or Community College Board Secretary

First Day: Monday, August 26 2019
Last Day: Thursday, September 19 2019 (5 p.m.) 

2019 City Elections – File with the County Auditor
First Day: Monday, August 26 2019
Last Day: Thursday, September 19 2019 (5 p.m.)