Becoming a Candidate

Procedures for qualifying and running for office are established by the Kentucky Constitution and Kentucky Statutes. For information on candidate filing procedures, qualifications for each office and sample forms, you may download the "Declaring Your Candidacy" publication from the Kentucky Secretary of State Election page.

Candidates wishing to start their campaign before they are allowed to officially file for office with the Secretary of State or County Clerk may file a "Letter of Intent" with the Registry of Election Finance in Frankfort. For more information, contact the Registry of Election Finance at 502-573-2226 or visit them at

Candidates for county or local offices may pick up their filing papers in the Elections Department of the Fayette County Clerk's office. Candidates wishing to run for federal, state or judicial office must contact the Secretary of State's office for additional information and filing forms.