Filing for Candidacy
When someone decides to run for office the first place that he or she needs to visit is the Bureau of Elections at least 6 months before the election. There, one can get all the necessary information to become a candidate as well as make any changes or corrections to their voter registration.
The County Clerk is the filing officer for all County Offices, State Representative, State Senator, Magistrate Judge, and School Board. Candidates for municipal office file in accordance with the Local Election Act. (see below for information on the 2019 local election schedule) There is a filing fee of $50 when declaring a candidacy for a county office. Magistrate and state offices require nominating petitions.
The County Clerk's office can provide blank petitions and the number of qualifying signatures required beginning in October of the odd year preceding the Primary Election. These forms are also available online at the Secretary of States website. Representative or Senate districts that include more than one county, will file with the Secretary of State. Candidates are also required to file various campaign reports. This is done online at the Secretary of State's Website.
Please Note; Each municipality, as well as Valencia County, have ordinances in place in regards to campaign signs.
Candidates—Sections 1-22-7, 1-22-8.1, 1-22-9 NMSA 1978
Individuals seeking candidacy shall file a declaration of candidacy on the 70th day before the local election between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A candidate shall file for only one position in the same local government but may file for a position in more than one local government during a filing period. Individuals may be a write-in candidate only if the person has the qualifications to be a candidate for the position for which the person is running. A person desiring to be a write-in candidate for an office shall file a declaration of candidacy on the 63rd day before the election between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Local Election for 2019 will include the City of Belen, City of Rio Communities, Los Lunas Schools, Belen Consolidated Schools, UNM Valencia Advisory Board and Valencia Soil and Water District.
These are additional services provided to candidates:
- Campaign reports and filing assistance
- Voter history (as far back as 1998)
- Voter labels (limited)
- Voter lists
Fees for voter data is based on $ per 1,000 records, depending on requested format and includes a $15.00 setup fee for each list. All requests for voter data must be made on an Affidavit of Authorization form. This may be done in person at the Bureau of Elections or by written request. The Affidavit of Authorization must be submitted prior to processing.
The data can be printed in alphabetical, precinct, or street order. The data can be broken down by party, precinct, congressional, legislative, commission, school, or municipal districts. Electronic data is provided in Excel form or on a CD. All data contains voter name, address, alternate address, party affiliation, and precinct data. Personal data such as birth dates, social security numbers and email addresses are not included in the data set. Once requests are fulfilled, payment is due before release of information.