Although requirements to run for office differ for local, state and federal offices, you can become a candidate in Arlington if you:
- Can legally vote for the office you seek
- Have been a Virginia resident for at least one year prior to the election date
For independent candidates and party candidates not nominated by a primary who want to be placed on a November election ballot, the candidate-filing deadline is always by 7 pm on the second Tuesday in June. The deadline for primary candidates is usually late March.
For more information on running for a local office:
- Go to Becoming a Candidate on the Virginia State Board of Election’s website
- Contact the Arlington Electoral Board/Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456
- Visit the Arlington County Democratic Committee or Arlington County Republican Committee for party-specific nominees, regulations and activities