Candidate Information – How do I run for an Office?
DISCLAIMER: There are several election related bills at the State Legislature that could impact candidate forms and filing for 2020. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they have the most current information and are warned that these changes could impact your signature requirements and filing. We will not have further information until the Legislature convenes.
NOTICE: Please read the Information Letter in the packet first when you download the material. It contains important information on whether you must file a Statement of Organization for a Candidate Committee. Not all candidates may be required to file this and the information to file is not in the packet. If you do need to file as a Candidate Committee, that form and information is available at the bottom of the page.
Many forms (Statement of Organization, campaign finance reporting forms, candidate handbook, petition forms, etc) are also listed as stand alone documents at the bottom of the page. This department cannot give candidate advice or legal guidance for your campaign. Please also see the FAQ list for further information.
In anticipation of all candidate filing being placed online in the future, printed candidate packets ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE for pickup in the Elections Dept. All information is posted online for easily download and printing.
All Countywide Offices are Partisan races. See below to determine which candidate packet you require:
PARTISAN – Only Republican and Democrat Parties are recognized in Cochise County. Partisan candidates run in the August Primary and November General Election. Click here for candidate packet
INDEPENDENT (16-341) – Independents and Party Not Determined candidates are eligible to run for Countywide Offices. You will appear only on the November General Election ballot. Click here for candidate packet
SPECIAL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARDS:
(On General Ballot only - Nonpartisan: file with Cochise County Elections Department)
Offices include Community College District, Fire District, Hospital District, Water Improvement District and Sanitary Improvement Districts. These Offices are only on the November General Election ballot. Click here for candidate packet
(On Primary Ballot only – partisan (Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Republican) file with Cochise County Elections Department). Check with your County Party Chair or State Party Chair for duties and requirements of the Office. These Offices are only on the August Primary Election Ballot. Click here for candidate packet
SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARDS:
(On General Ballot only – nonpartisan: file with Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office) These Offices include all Cochise County School District Boards except Community College Board. Click here for candidate packet
WRITE IN CANDIDATES:
If you are running as a write in candidate in any race contact the Elections Department at 520-432-8970.
PLEASE SEE LINKS BELOW FOR HELPFUL INFORMATION ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD REVIEW:
CANDIDATE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS 2020 – Available after March 15, 2020!
JUDICIAL CANDIDATE HANDBOOK – If you are running for a Superior Court Judge or Justice of the Peace (Arizona Courts website)
PETITION CIRCULATION INFORMATION (FORMS)
- PETITION TRAINING GUIDE
- PARTISAN NOMINATION PETITION ENGLISH
- PARTISAN NOMINATION PETITION SPANISH
- INDEPENDENT PETITION ENGLISH
- INDEPENDENT PETITION SPANISH
- NON-PARTISAN NOMINATION PETITION ENGLISH
- NON-PARTISAN NOMINATION PETITION SPANISH
CANDIDATE COMMITTEES / CAMPAIGN FINANCE INFORMATION (FORMS)
- CAMPAIGN FINANCE HANDBOOK
- COMMITTEE STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION
- CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT FORMS
- NO ACTIVITY STATEMENT
- TERMINATION FORM
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT INFORMATION (FORMS)