Qualifications

2016 Indiana Candidate Guide 

For United States Representative (Congress)
See pages 25-29 in the 2016 Indiana Candidate Gudie:
For Statewide Offices - Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction
See pages 31-43 in the 2016 Indiana Candidate Guide:
For State Legislative Offices - Indiana State Senator, Indiana State Representative
See pages 45-52 in the 2016 Indiana Candidate Guide:
For Judicial Offices and Prosecuting Attorney
See pages 53-61 in the 2016 Indiana Candidate Guide:
For County Offices - Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Auditor, County Recorder, County Treasurer, County Sheriff, County Coroner, County Surveyor, County Assessor, County Commissioner, County Council Member
Must be registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination. 
A candidate for auditor, recorder, treasurer, sheriff, coroner, surveyor, assessor, commissioner or council member must have resided in the county for at least one year before the election.
A candidate for assessor must also own real property located in the county upon taking office; and I.C. 3-8-1-23(b) if running for the office in an election after June 30, 2008, must have attained the certification of a level two assessor-appraiser, (c) if running for the office and not holding the office on January 1, 2012 and running in an election after January 1, 2012, must have attained the certification of a level three assessor-appraiser, (d) if running for the office and holding the office on January 1, 2012 and running in an election after January 1, 2016, must have attained the certification of a level three assessor-appraiser. 
A candidate for county council must also have resided in the district in which seeking election for at least six months before the election. 
For Township Offices - Township Assessor (Concord Township only), Township Trustee, Township Board Member
Must be registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination.
A candidate for township assessor
who runs in an election after June 30, 2008 must have attained the certification of a level two assessor-appraiser before taking office.  A candidate for township assessor who runs in an election after January 1, 2012 must have attained the certification of a level three assessor-appraiser before taking office.
For City or Small Town Offices - City Council Member, City Clerk/Clerk-Treasurer, City Judge, Town Council Member, Town Clerk-Treasurer
Must be a registered voter in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination. 
School Board Members
The procedures for selecting school board members are set forth in the "school corporation organization plan" adopted by the school corporation.  Recent change in legislation has moved the election of school board members to the general election in even numbered years (instead of the primary election in even numbered years.)  Some members are elected at-large for the entire school corporation, while others are elected to represent specific districts in the school corporation territory.  School board offices are bi-partisan.  Candidates for school board must be registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination. 
Precinct Committeeman and State Convention Delegates
Although there is no state law requiring that a candidate for precinct committeeman or state convention delegate reside within the precinct or delegate district, state political party rules may restrict the ability of a political official who does not comply with a residency requirement to participate in party functions.  Contact the Democratic State Committee or Republican State Committee for more information. 

FOR ALL BUT FEDERAL OFFICES, PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN AND STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE CANDIDATES, a person is disqualified from being a candidate for an elected office if the person:
1) gave or offered a bribe, threat or reward to procure the person's election; 2) does not comply with I.C. 5-8-3 because of a conviction for a violation of the federal laws listed in that statute; 3) in a A) jury trial, a jury public announces a verdict against the person for a felony; B) bench trial, the court public announces a verdict against the person for a felony; or C) guilty plea hearing, the person pleads guilty or nolo contedere to a felony; 4) the person has been removed from the office the candidate seeks; 5) the person is a member of the United States armed forces on active duty and prohibited by the United States Department of Defense from being a candidate; or 6) the person is subject to "the Little Hatch Act" or "the Hatch Act."

 

 

 

 

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