Candidacy Requirements & Deadlines

Considering Running for New Hampshire State Representative? Here’s what you need to know:

Who can run?

You must be 18 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 2 years.  You must live in town or ward you are a candidate for.

When can i sign up (file for candidacy)?

The filing period is June 3-12, 2020.

How/Where do I file?

During the filing period, go to your local town or city clerk’s office. They will provide you with the necessary forms to complete. They will send it to the Secretary of State’s office.

All candidates MUST pay and administrative assessment fee of $2 OR provide (5) signed petitions as indicated in (RSA 655:19-c). An assent to candidacy must accompany the primary petitions.

What if it’s the last day of the filing period?

If you need to file on the last day of the filing period, you can file at the Secretary of Stat’s office at the State House in Concord.

Are there any exclusions if I hold another elected office or wish to run for multiple office?

Yes. There are exclusions. RSA 655:10 states:

No person shall file declarations of candidacy or primary petitions for nomination at the primary for incompatible offices.  These offices include the offices of governor, United States senator, United States representative, representative to the general court, state senator, councilor, county sheriff, county attorney, county treasurer, register of deeds, and register of probate.

No person shall seek or hold the position as a member of the general court and county commissioner at the same time.

No person shall be nominated for incompatible offices. If a person shall be nominated for incompatible offices, the secretary of state shall advise the person of the provisions hereof and the person shall then advise the secretary of state which nomination the person wishes to retain; the secretary of state shall declare the nominations not retained by the person vacant.