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Apply for Candidacy

Requirements to Apply for Candidacy:

Election Code Sec. 141.001. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. (a) To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:

  1. Be a United States citizen;
  2. Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
  3. Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
    1. Totally mentally incapacitated; or
    2. Partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  4. Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  5. Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
    1. For a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
    2. For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
    3. For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in;
    4. For a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made; and
    5. For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
  6. On the date described by Subdivision (5), be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected; and
  7. Satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office