Running for Office


Through the Candidate Portal, candidates can access E-Qual to create their electronic nomination petition, or create a paper nomination petition for circulation.  Candidates participating with Clean Elections funding may use E-Qual to collect their $5 Clean Elections qualifying contributions.

For the 2018 Election cycle, candidates can now collect up to 100% of their nomination petition signatures and Clean Elections qualifying contributions online.

Candidates may also use the portal to create a 2018 Election Profile, which may include campaign contact information, social media or web links, an official photo, and a statement or biographical information. 

Important Filings and Duties Prior to Taking Office

Loyalty Oath of Office

Any person elected or appointed to office must subscribe to the oath or affirmation (PDF) provided by the Secretary of State. This Oath must be taken prior to assuming office and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. 

Open Meeting Law

A person elected or appointed to a public body shall review the open meeting law materials at least one day before that person takes office. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has provided an Arizona Agency Handbook which details the open meeting law in this state.

Important Filings Once in Office

Financial Disclosure Statement

If you were a public officer at any time during a calendar year (even for a day), you must file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement between January 1 and January 31 of the following calendar year. If you are newly appointed to fill a vacancy in office, you must file a Financial Disclosure Statement within 60 days of the date you take office.

Further Instructions Regarding Financial Disclosure Statements (PDF)

View previously filed Financial Disclosure Statements

Campaign Finance Reporting

Candidate committees must file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office, or with the filing office with whom they filed a statement of organization.  Campaign finance reports for each applicable reporting period are required to be filed by a committee until termination.

Further Instructions Regarding Campaign Finance (PDF)

Running for Precinct Committeeman

Candidates seeking the office of Precinct Committeeman within their respective jurisdictions will file nomination petitions with the appropriate county. The partisan nomination petition published by the Secretary of State may be accepted by your county, however please verify the correct form utilized in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking nomination. 

ATTENTION: Precinct Committeemen, make sure to use the partisan nomination petition form.

Running for Local Office

Candidates seeking election for county or municipal office will file nomination petitions with the appropriate county or municipality.  The nonpartisan candidate petition published by the Secretary of State may be accepted by your county or municipality.  It is your responsibility to verify the correct form utilized in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking nomination.  Currently, the City of Phoenix and the City of Tucson conduct local elections and, therefore, do not utilize the Secretary of State's petition form.  

All questions about running for local office, including precinct committeemen, should be directed towards the appropriate county, city or town elections office. 

County Elections Contact Page