Running for public office is a privilege that the Election Commission supports.
Go to the Election Commission office to file your papers. They will give you a packet of information that explains your responsibilities.
If you want to run for public office, there are a few steps to follow in addition to running your campaign:
- Appoint a Treasurer. Before any money can be spend on your campaign, you must have to have a campaign treasurer. You can be your own treasurer. The Election Commission office will give you the necessary forms to fill out and file with their office.
- Complete a Nominating Petition. By law, you will have to complete a nominating petition with at least twenty-five signatures of qualified voters in the district of the office for which you are seeking. The Election Commission will provide you with the necessary forms and instructions. File the completed petition within the proper time with the Election Commission.
- File a Statement of Interest. Within thirty days of the filing deadline you must have a statement of interest on file in the Election Commission office.
- Disclose Contributions. Positions that pay more than $1,000 per month require disclosure of all contributions. If you spend more than $1,000 in a campaign for any office, you must disclose all of your contributions. The necessary forms are in the Election Commission office.
For information regarding candidate filing dates, you may go to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance website at http://tn.gov/tref.