Candidate Resources & Requirements

Qualifications


Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order 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.

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


City of Suffolk candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with local 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.

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
    P. O. Box 3458
    Suffolk, VA 23434
  • The City of Suffolk Republican Committee
    P. O. Box 699
    Portsmouth, VA 23705

Petitions

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.