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: