Candidates-Forms, Guides, & Links

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


The Voter Registrar's Office is not able to advise candidates. Campaign and Candidate compliance with campaign filing laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia are the responsibility of candidates and campaigns.

Candidate Financial Filings

Please visit the Campaign Finance E-Filing page of the Department of Elections for instructions and contact information regarding campaign finance filings and requirements.

Additional Resources and Forms

Fredericksburg's Political Party Committee

Caitlin Durham Bennet, Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Chair
Fredericksburg Democratic Committee
PO Box 1261
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

Rachel Whitman, Fredericksburg Republican Party Chair