Candidate Information

Are you interested in running for elected office? Elections are carefully regulated in compliance with West Virginia laws and candidates must comply with several requirements, including:

  • Registration as a pre-candidate or candidate before soliciting contributions
  • Paying the required candidate filing Fees
  • Only accepting contributions from allowed sources, and only spending campaign funds on allowed activities
  • Filing periodic campaign finance reports
  • Properly adding the appropriate disclaimers to campaign advertisements

The West Virginia Secretary of State publishes an online Running for Office Guide each election cycle. You are encouraged to download and study this guide prior to beginning any campaign activity. Please call, email, or visit our office should you have any questions.