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Running for Office

Running for Office

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Candidate Finances

For general information on Candidates and Campaign Finance, please call our office at 410-313-5820, contact the State Board of Elections at 410-269-2867, or visit the following web sites:.

For details about fund raising, financial disclosure forms and taxable political funds, visit the State Board of Elections website or call 800-222-VOTE.

Qualifications, Filing Fees, Term of Office, and Where to File

Governor/Lieutenant Governor


Attorney General

U.S. Senator


State Senator

House of Delegates

Judge of the Circuit Court

County Executive

County Council

Clerk of the Circuit Court

Register of Wills


Board of Education

States Attorney

Judge of the Orphans' Court

Central Committee

Filing as a Petition Candidate

Call the Howard County Board of Elections at 410-313-5820 or visit the State Board of Elections website for qualifications for a petition candidate.

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 Board of Elections at 410-313-5820 or from the State Board of Elections in Annapolis.

Cost: $5.00 per booklet plus postage, if applicable.

Every candidate, at the time of, or prior to filing his or her candidacy, must file a State of Organization and appropriate financial disclosure at the proper office. Central Committee candidates do not have to file a financial disclosure. The Board of Elections has the forms needed to fulfill these requirements.

Revised: 11/13/2014

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