Thinking About Running for Office?

The 2016 Candidate Guide is available on the Secretary of State's website. Filing information for Federal, State, and local candidates can be found there. The guide also includes petition numbers required for each office.

Major party candidates filing for a County office do not file petitions. These candidates pay a $50.00 filing fee at the time of filing for candidacy. Candidates seeking minor or independent candidacy for a county office have to file nominating petitions in lieu of the filing fee.

There is no filing fee for federal and statewide offices. In lieu of filing fees, candidates are required to submit nominating petitions.

Requirements to Run for Office


Please see the Secretary of State's website at sos.state.nm.us for for guidlines pertaining to the requirements for each office.