How much does it cost to run for office?
The filing fee is 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.
The election assessment is 1% of the annual salary.
The party assessment for partisan candidates is 2% of the annual salary.
Therefore the qualifying fee is either 4% of the annual salary for non-partisan candidates or 6% of the annual salary for partisan candidates.
The qualifying fee is based onthe salary of the office as of July 1 preceding qualifying.
As an alternative to paying a qualifying fee, candidates may qualify by the petition process. The qualifying officer for the candidate can offer assistance to those who wish to use the petition process. The qualifying officer for federal, state, multicounty district, circuit court judge, state attorney, public defender candidates is the Division of Elections. For county office, including school board and county court judge, or other district office, the qualifying officer is the supervisor of elections. For municipal office, the city clerk is the qualifying officer.
2014 County Candidate Petition Information