Steps for Filing for Public Office

FILING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

PLEASE SEE THE “IMPORTANT DATES” TAB FOR SPECIFIC DATES AND DEADLINES.

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STEP NO. 1:

File Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate. (Sec. 252.001)
(FORM CTA)
Candidates for county & precinct offices file with the Elections Administrator.
(Sec. 252.005(2)

Candidates for Statewide office file with the Texas Ethics Commission.
(Sec. 252.005(1)

Judicial Candidates file Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Judicial
Candidate and Judicial Declaration of Intent Regarding Expenditure Limits
(FORM JCTA)
Candidates for District Judge file with the Texas Ethics Commission.
(Sec. 252.005(1)(C)

Candidates for County Court at Law file with the Elections Administrator.
(Sec. 252.005(2)

STEP NO. 2:

Optional – File Code of Fair Campaign Practices. (Chapter 258)
(FORM CFCP)
Candidates for county & precinct offices file with the Elections Administrator.
(Sec. 258.003(a)

Candidates for Statewide Offices and District Judge file with Texas Ethics Commission.
(Sec. 
258.003(a)

STEP NO. 3:

File Application for a Place on the Primary Ballot
and pay a filing fee or submit a petition in lieu of filing fee to the party chair.
(Sec. 141.031, 1
72.021, 172.025)