Running for Statewide and District Offices

Statewide and District Officers are elected in November of even numbered years for two, four, and six-year terms, depending on the office.

Filing in the Democratic or Republican Primary

In order to become the Republican or Democratic Party nominee for a particular statewide or district office, you must file an application for a place on the ballot with the state party chair. Candidates for federal office must file a federal application. Applications and petition forms are available from party officials, or they may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State. The application, filing fee, and/or petitions must be submitted to the state party chair.

Democratic Party of Texas
P.O. Box 15707
Austin, TX 78761
Phone: 512-478-9800

Republican Party of Texas
P.O. Box 2206
Austin, TX 78768
Phone: 512-477-9821

Filing in the Libertarian or Green Party

In order to become the Libertarian Party or Green Party nominee for a particular statewide or district office, you must file an application for nomination with the state party chair. Candidates for federal office must file a federal application. Applications and petition forms are available from party officials, or they may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State. The application, filing fee, and/or petitions must be submitted to the Texas Secretary of State.

Libertarian Party of Texas
100 Congress Ave, Suite 2000
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-279-7860

Green Party of Texas
P.O. Box 271080
Houston, TX 77277-1080
Phone: 512-551-0310

Filing as an Independent Candidate

You may have your name placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate if you are not affiliated with a political party. If you vote in a party’s primary elections or participate in a party’s conventions, you thereby affiliate with the party. You must file a Declaration of Intent to Run as an Independent Candidate with the Texas Secretary of State.

After the primary elections (or after the primary runoff election if the office you are seeking is involved in a primary runoff election), you must then collect signatures from registered voters who support your application for a place on the general election ballot. The signers must be registered voters who have not participated in the general primary election or the runoff primary election of a party that has nominated, at either election, a candidate for the office you seek. File the application, along with petition, with the Texas Secretary of State.

Applications and petition forms may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State.

Filing as a Write-in Candidate

To become a write-in candidate in the general election, you must file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy with the Texas Secretary of State. The declaration must be accompanied by either a filing fee, or a nominating petition signed by the required number of qualified voters. Applications and petition forms may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State.

Appointment of a Treasurer and Campaign Finance Reporting

Before becoming a candidate, you are urged to contact the Texas Ethics Commission for information on campaign contribution reports, the appointment of a campaign treasurer, and personal financial statements that you may be required to file. The Commission may be reached at the following address:

Texas Ethics Commission
P.O. Box 12070
Austin, TX 78711-2070
512-463-5800

For more information, see Candidate Information.