Becoming a State Candidate

Becoming a Candidate for State Office (How to Become)

OfficeQualificationsFiling Dates

2014 Filing Fee *

Term
Governor U.S. citizen; 30 years old at time of election; Resident of Utah for 5 years; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office) n/a 4 Years
Lt. Governor U.S. citizen; 30 years old at time of election; Resident of Utah for 5 years; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office) n/a 4 Years
Attorney General U.S. citizen; 25 years old at time of election; Resident of Utah for 5 years; Admitted to practice before the Utah Supreme Court; Good standing with the Utah Bar Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office) $308.90 2 Years
State Treasurer U.S. citizen; 25 years old at time of election; Resident of Utah for 5 years; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office) n/a 4 Years
State Auditor U.S. citizen; 25 years old at time of election; Resident of Utah for 5 years; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office) n/a 4 Years
State School Board Resident of the state school board district in which the person is seeking election for at least one year as of the date of the election; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office of County Clerk's Office) $65.00 4 Years
State Senate U.S. citizen; 25 years old; Resident of Utah for 3 consecutive years; 6 consecutive month resident of the Senate district at filing deadline; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third  Thursday in March (Lt. Governor's Office or County Clerk's Office) $79.80 4 Years
State House of Representatives U.S. citizen; 25 years old; Resident of Utah for 3 consecutive years; 6 consecutive month resident of the House district at filing deadline; Qualified voter at time of election Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third  Thursday in March ( Lt. Governor's Office or County Clerk's Office) $64.90 2 Years

* filing fee's are subject to change

Unaffiliated Candidates

Candidates who do not wish to affiliate with a ballot-approved political party may appear on the ballot by submitting a petition. Candidates for the office of Governor must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 1,000 registered Utah voters. Candidates for the Utah State House of Representatives or Utah State Senate must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 300 registered voters residing within the political division or at least 5% of the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less, when the nomination is for an office to be filled by the voters of any political division smaller than the state. The names on the petition must be verified by the county clerk(s) as registered voters. Holographic (physical) signatures are required. Electronic signatures of any kind are not acceptable.

After the petition has been verified, candidates for state office are required to file the petition and a Certificate of Nomination for candidates with the Lt. Governor's Office between the second Friday and third Thursday (5pm) in March in even numbered years.

Unaffiliated candidates must pay the same filing fees as all other state office candidates.

Write-in Candidates

To become a valid write-in candidate for a state office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.

Candidates for statewide offices must file the declaration in person with the Lieutenant Governor's Office. All other state office candidates may file the declaration in person either with the county clerk in their county of residence or with the Lieutenant Governor's Office. Write-in candidates must meet the qualifications required for the state office they are seeking. Filing the Declaration of Write-In Candidacy means that write-in votes for the candidate will be counted. The candidate's name will not appear on the ballot.