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Filing to Run for Office
Qualifications & Requirements
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary depending on whether the office is local, statewide, federal, or a general assembly seat. It is the responsibility of prospective candidates to determine these requirements and their eligibility. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election
  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought

Candidate Information Forms, Bulletins, and Packets
Please visit the
 Virginia Department of Elections for all required forms, deadlines, and information  which is available for review, download, and submission. This site provides the information, forms, and calendar for: becoming a candidate, campaign finance, and political committees.

You may download the information or contact the Department of Elections to request a bulletin and forms be mailed to you for a fee of $10. Please send your request and check payable to the Department of Elections to:

The Department of Elections
ATTN: Election Services Division
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Note: Candidate packets for future elections can not be requested until after January 1 of the year in which the election is held.

For more information you may contact the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745 or by calling the Registrar's Office at (540) 372-1030.

Fredericksburg's Political Party Committee

Jason Graham, Democratic Party Chair
1904 Idlewild Blvd.
(205) 792-4507 (C)

Michael S. Hirsch, Republican Party Chair
301 McConkey Street
(540) 295-4812