Qualifying deadline today in House races
Published 8:28 am Friday, April 10, 2009
Today is the deadline for primary candidates to file to run for the state House of Delegates.
Primary candidates must have three forms — a declaration of candidacy, petitions of qualified voters, and a receipt for payment of a $352.80 primary filing fee — filed with the district chair of their party’s political party committee no later than 5 p.m.
A certificate of candidate qualification must also be filed with the State Board of Elections, and a statement of economic interests must be filed with the Clerk of the House of Delegates, no later than that time.
As of press time Thursday, three candidates are seeking election to the 64th District seat: Republicans Stan Clark and Mike Holle, and Democrat Bill Barlow, the incumbent. No one has announced their candidacy for the 75th District seat, currently occupied by Democrat Roslyn Tyler. Several phone calls to Tyler’s office to see if she is running for re-election have not been returned.
Others may have a little more time to qualify.
Party candidates who are nominated by a method other than a primary have until 7 p.m. on June 9 to file a certificate of candidate qualification with the State Board of Elections, and a statement of economic interests must be filed with the clerk of the House of Delegates.
Independent candidates — those not affiliated with a political party — also have until 7 p.m. on June 9 to file a certificate of candidate qualification with the State Board of Elections and a statement of economic interests with the clerk of the House of Delegates. Additionally, independent candidates must file a declaration of candidacy and petitions of qualified voters with the general registrar of the candidate’s county or city of residence at that time.
The primary election date is June 9, and the general election will be held on Nov. 3.
Petitions for the House of Delegates must contain 125 signatures of qualified voters in the House district where a candidate is seeking election.
According to Article IV, Section 4 of the state constitution, any person may be elected to the House of Delegates who is 21 years old at the time of the election, is a resident of the House district which he is seeking to represent, and is qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly.
Additional rules stipulate that when a delegate moves away from the district he represents he must vacate the office.
Also, persons holding a salaried office in state government must vacate that position before joining the House of Delegates. Other positions that must be resigned include any judge, Commonwealth’s Attorney, sheriff, treasurer, assessor of taxes, commissioner of the revenue, collector of taxes or clerk of any court. Candidates cannot hold an elected office or be in a post with the federal government at the same time, either.