Running For Office

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE?

The information contained within these pages is intended to provide information and aid candidates.  Any questions contact your local or state party leaders and/or the Elections Office for clarification.

NOMINATING PETITION SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS AND FILING FEES - Nominating petitions are filed by major party candidates.  For 2021 the first day to circulate is February 16 and the filing deadline is March 9.

STATEWIDE
Senatorial
Signatures 500 Filing Fee $100
Legislative
Signatures 300 Filing Fee $100

STATE PARTY COMMITTEE
Democratic
Signatures 100 Filing Fee $25

Republican
Signatures 100 Filing Fee $25

COUNTY PARTY COMMITTEE
Democratic
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0

Republican
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
Signatures 250 Filing Fee $100 per party*
*May cross file

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE
Signatures 100 Filing Fee $50 per party*
*May cross file

COUNTY LEVEL OFFICES - Commissioner, Treasurer, Clerk of Courts, Prothonotary, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds, Controller, Sheriff
Signatures 250 Filing Fee $100

CITY* OFFICES - Mayor, Council, City Treasurer, City Controller
Signatures 100 Filing Fee $25
*Monongahela & Washington

BOROUGH* OFFICES - Mayor, Council, Tax Collector, Auditor
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0
*Allenport, Beallsville, Bentleyville, Burgettstown, California, Canonsburg, Centerville, Charleroi, Claysville, Coal Center, Cokeburg, Deemston, Donora, Dunlevy, East Washington, Elco, Ellsworth, Finleyville, Green Hills, Houston, Long Branch, Marianna, McDonald, Midway, New Eagle, North Charleroi, Roscoe, Speers, Stockdale, Twilight, West Brownsville, West Middletown 

TOWNSHIP OFFICES
 Supervisor, Tax Collector, Auditor
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0
*Amwell, Blaine, Buffalo, Canton, Carroll, Cecil, Chartiers, Cross Creek, Donegal, East Bethlehem, East Finley, Fallowfield, Hanover, Hopewell, Independence, Jefferson, Morris, Mt. Pleasant, North Bethlehem, North Franklin, North Strabane, Nottingham, Robinson, Smith, Somerset, South Franklin, South Strabane, Union, West Bethlehem, West Finley, West Pike Run 

HOME RULE* OFFICES - Council
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0
*Peters Township 


SCHOOL DIRECTORS 
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $0 per party*
 *May cross file

CONSTABLE
Signatures 10 Filing Fee $10

*Candidates are advised that these are MINIMUM signature requirements, and that it would be prudent to collect more than the minimum to withstand any potential challenges.

NOMINATING PAPER REQUIREMENTS AND FILING FEES - Nominating papers are filed by minor party candidates.  For 2021 the first day to circulate is March 10 and the filing deadline is August 2.

MINIMUM
 number of signatures required is 2% of the total votes cast for the winning candidate on the ballot in the last preceding election for the electoral district in question.

Filing Fee is the same as filing fee for nominating petition for the same office.

ITEMS REQUIRED FOR FILING AS A CANDIDATE
- Candidate's Affidavit
- Nominating Petition/Paper with the required number of signatures
- Cashier's Check or Money Order payable to Washington County or Cash in the amount of the Filing Fee
- Copy of Statement of Financial Interests*
*Original is filed with the governing authority of the political subdivision (the county, city, township, borough, or school district) in     which they are a candidate on or before the last day for filing a petition.
*District Justice candidates, including incumbents, file the original with the county.
*Constables file the original with the State Ethics Commission.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021 ELECTION YEAR