Info on Becoming a Candidate
1.0 You’ll need to form a Campaign Committee. You may be the sole person on the Committee - being both Candidate & Treasurer. Though it’s best to have someone else be Treasurer so you can focus on your campaign.
2.0 Open a “Campaign Depository” (Checking Account) at a bank.
3.0 Buy a URL (name) for your campaign website - listed on your “Certificate of Candidate Qualification” form.
4.0 For Local & VA State offices, you’ll need to file several forms with the VA Board of Elections:
4.1 “Certificate of Candidate Qualification” form - can be filed in the year before the election you’re running in.
4.2 Quarterly & Final Finance Reporting Forms - first one MUST be filed within 10 days of your first campaign donation or expenditure.
4.3 Signed “Petitions of Qualified Voters” for Ballot Access. Number of signatures varies by office - for example, 125 for state Delegate, 10,000 for Governor. You CAN’T start collecting signature until Jan 1st of the year of the election.
4.4 “Declaration of Candidacy” - must be notarized and filed along with above Petitions each of which must also be notarized.
4.5 “Statement of Economic Interest” - filed electronically with “VA Conflict of Interest & Ethics Advisory Council” at beginning of your campaign.
4.6 To run as a Libertarian, you must be nominated by a local Congressional District Nominating Convention, and the LP state Chair must file & certify a “Certificate of Candidate Nominated by Political Party.”
5.0 None of this is as difficult as it may sound. Don’t let it deter you - fielding candidates is important to the party.
6.0 Board of Election forms, and contact info for questions is HERE:
7.0 Additional useful documents can be downloaded below.
Opinions in the following downloadable documents are those of the authors and not LPPWC:
Tips For Petitioning:
Issue Resources - websites on a wide variety of subjects:
Rules for Candidates - tongue in cheek, but lots of useful data:
Checklist of Things To Do:
Petition Tips Part 1 from LPVA:
Petitioning Tips Part 2 from LPVA:
Organizing a Petition Drive from National LP:
Media List for Press Releases: