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Running for Office

The deadline to file required documents for candidacy is Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by 9 p.m.

Candidate Finances

For details about fund raising, financial disclosure forms and taxable political funds, call the State Board of Elections at 410-269-2840 or visit State Board of Elections.

Qualifications, Filing Fees and Where to File

Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Filing Fee $290 (each)

  • Registered voter and resident of the state five years immediately preceding election, 30 years of age at the time of the election. Not have served two immediately preceding elective terms. (Article II, Section 1, 5, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years from third Wednesday in January
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

Comptroller – Filing Fee $290

  • Registered voter, (Article I, Section 12 Maryland Constitution and Article VI, Section 1 Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

Attorney General – Filing Fee $290

  • Qualified Voter, (Article V, Section 4, Maryland Constitution). Citizen of the state, resided and practiced law in the state for 10 years. (Article V, Section 4, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

U.S. Senator – Filing Fee $290

  • Registered voter, 30 years of age at the time of the election, citizen of the United States for nine years, inhabitant of the state at the time of the election. (Article I, Section 3, U.S. Constitution)
  • Term of office: six years from January 3
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

Congressperson – Filing Fee $100

  • Registered voter, 25 years of age at the time of the election, citizen of the United States for seven years, inhabitant of the state at the time of the election. (Article I, Section 2, U.S. Constitution)
  • Term of office: two years from January 3
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

State Senator – Filing Fee $50

  • Registered voter, (Article I, Section 12, Maryland Constitution), 25 years of age at time of the election, citizen of Maryland, resident at least one year preceding the day of the election, resident of legislative district at least six months. (Art, III, Section 9, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years from second Wednesday in January
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

House of Delegates – Filing Fee $50

  • Registered voter, (Article 1, Section 12, Maryland Constitution), 21 years of age at time of the election, citizen of Maryland, resident at least 1 year preceding day of the election, resident of legislative district or sub-district at least six months. (Article III, Section 9, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years from second Wednesday in January
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections

Judge of the Circuit Court – Filing Fee for Circuits 1 through 7 $50 and Circuit 8 $300

  • Qualified voter, (Article IV, Section 2, Maryland Constitution), 30 years of age at time of election, resident of the state at least five years, resident of the judicial circuit for which he or she is seeking election at least six months prior to the election, member of Maryland Bar. (Article IV, Section 2, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: 15 years (or until he or she reaches the age of 70)
  • Where to file: State Board of Elections
  • Judgeship candidates may cross-file – must pay double filing fees

County Executive – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, 25 years of age at the time of the election, resident of the county at least five years preceding his or her next election. (Section 402 Baltimore County Charter)
  • Term of office: four years
  • The candidate must use instructions (PDF) and file a Financial Disclosure Statement (PDF) with the Baltimore County Ethics Commission
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

County Council – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, 25 years of age at the time of the election, resident in councilmanic district seeking election in and two years prior thereto the General Election. (Article II Baltimore County Charter)
  • Term of office: four years
  • The candidate must use instructions (PDF) and file a Financial Disclosure Statement (PDF) with the Baltimore County Ethics Commission
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Clerk of the Circuit Court – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, (Article IV, Section 25 Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Register of Wills – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, (Article IV, Section 41, Maryland Const.)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Sheriff – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, 25 years of age at the time of the election, citizen of the state at least five years preceding the election, resident of the subdivision in which he/she is seeking election. (Article IV, Section 44, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

States Attorney – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, resident of Baltimore County for at least two years prior to the election.
  • (Article V, Section 10, Maryland Constitution) Member of the Maryland Bar
  • Term of office: four years from first Monday in January
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Judge of the Orphans' Court – Filing Fee $25

  • Registered voter, resident of Baltimore County at least 12 months prior to the election. (Article IV, Section 40, Maryland Constitution)
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Central Committee – Filing Fee $10

  • Registered voter, reside in the legislative district for which he or she is seeking election.
  • Term of office: four years
  • Where to file: Baltimore County Board of Elections

Filing as a Petition Candidate

Call the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or visit the State Board of Elections for qualifications.

Fair Election Practices

All candidates for office are required to conduct their campaigns in accordance with the fair election practices statute. Summaries of this law, prepared by the Attorney General of Maryland, are available from the State Board of Elections at 410-269-2840 or from the State Board of Elections in Annapolis.

Every candidate, at the time of, or prior to filing candidacy, must file the appointment of a treasurer and the acceptance of such appointment by that treasurer. The Board of Elections has a form, which will be supplied to prospective candidates upon request, for fulfilling this requirement.

No filing of candidacy can be accepted unless it is accompanied by the required appointment of and acceptance by a treasurer or, it has previously been filed by the candidate.

Revised June 17, 2015

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