Become a Candidate

Candidates running for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • A candidate must be qualified to vote for and hold the office being sought. 
  • A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

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Need more information?

For more information contact the Virginia Department of Elections:

Virginia Department of Elections
 Washington Building 
 1110 Bank St., First Floor 
 Richmond, VA 23219
 Phone: 804-864-8901
 Toll Free: 800-552-9745 
 TTY: 711

James City County residents needing forms or assistance may contact:

Dianna Moorman, Director of Elections
4095 Ironbound Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-259-4940
Fax: 757-259-4945