Candidate Resources & Requirements

Candidate Filing Information

The November 5, 2024 General Election Candidate Packets will be available at the City of Suffolk Voter Registration Office beginning January 2, 2024. Independent Local Office Candidates should file all completed paperwork through the City of Suffolk Voter Registration Office. Primary candidates should refer to the Candidate Bulletin for applicable deadlines and submission requirements. Candidate forms are also available to print on the Virginia Department of Elections website

Responsibilities of the General Registrar's Office:

  • Provide candidate forms and assist candidates with questions regarding the paperwork.
  • Check petition signatures to ensure that signers meet all legal requirements to be counted as a qualified signature.
  • Certify all local independent candidates for office. 
  • Remind candidates of upcoming campaign finance deadlines to ensure timely submission to avoid mandatory civil penalties.

Responsibilities of the Candidate

  • Ensure that all required paperwork is completed accurately and submitted to the General Registrar's Office on time. 
  • File all campaign finance reports on time.

Election Calendars and Schedules



Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
  • A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

State Requirements

Citizens who are interested in running for state or local offices in Virginia should start by downloading the appropriate Candidate Information Bulletin from the State Board of Elections website to get information about qualifications for a particular office, filing requirements and deadlines, where to file the required forms and documents and other information about running for a particular office. All candidates for office must also comply with state laws regarding campaign finance and advertising.

Campaign Finance Information

Click HERE for forms, links, and resources on completing the required documentation. Campaign finance reports are time-sensitive and are subject to mandatory civil penalties if deadlines are not met so it is very important to familiarize yourself with the procedures and rules of Campaign Finance. 

Candidate information, forms, and reports may also be obtained by contacting:

Virginia State Board of Elections

1100 Bank Street

1st Floor

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804-864-8901

Toll-free in Virginia: 800-552-9745

Fax: 804-371-0194

Political Signs

Candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with the City of Suffolk's Sign Ordinance, Chapter 9.5 of Title 24.2, Code of Virginia, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regulations. To obtain more information, contact the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Please be advised that political signs are now categorized in the City of Suffolk Municipal Code as Temporary Signs and can be posted for 90 days. Please note that the General Registrar's Office does not have the authority to remove any candidate signs. The Zoning Administrator shall have the authority to remove and dispose of any sign determined to be in violation of this Ordinance located upon public property.   Stolen or damaged signs should be reported to the City of Suffolk Police Department's non-emergency phone number, 757-923-2350.


Political Party Candidates

City of Suffolk residents who are seeking to be a nominee of either the Democratic or Republican Party should contact the local committee for party regulations and activities.

The City of Suffolk Democratic Committee:

Party Chair: Leslie Renaldi 


P. O. Box 3458

Suffolk, VA 23434

The City of Suffolk Republican Committee:

Party Chair: Stephen Trent



Petitions require a minimum number of certified voters.
Office Number of Signatures
City Council 125
Clerk of Court 125
Commissioner of Revenue 125
Commonwealth's Attorney 125
House of Delegates 125
Mayor 500 (must include a minimum of
50 signatures from each borough)
School Board 125
Sheriff 125
Soil and Water Commission 25
State Senate 250
Treasurer 125

Additional Information

For further information and forms, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.