As you know, the Libertarian Party of Michigan has qualified to nominate our candidates in this year's August primary for the first time. The LPM and its candidates will have the same ballot access this election season as the Democrats and Republicans. This means most of our candidates must either collect signatures or pay a refundable filing fee to run for office. Running in the primary election will give our candidates more credibility and will expose voters to our party and its principles twice this year. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year and we are looking to recruit more candidates take advantage of this opportunity.
The filing deadline for candidates who wish to run in the August primary is Tuesday, April 24. With just a week left before paperwork is due, the only sure way to get on the ballot is to pay the $100 refundable filing fee. This fee to file applies to races for State Senate, State House, and County Commissioner. If you would like to run for Congress orTownship office, you must collect signatures. For Congressional races you need 1,000 signatures but for Township offices, the number is very small.
Candidates for all statewide offices except Governor and US Senator will be nominated at our state convention to be held after the August primary.
Below are links to the two pieces of paperwork needed to run in the primary election.
All candidates are required to file an Affidavit of Identity, which must be notarized. This should be filed with your county clerk unless the district crosses county lines. In that case, it must be filed with the Bureau of Elections in Lansing.
Affidavit of Identity
All candidates for state, county and local offices must fill out a Statement of Organization.
Statement of Organization (State, file online with state)
Statement of Organization (County and Local, file physical copy with county clerk)
Candidates for Federal office are not required to file a Statement of Organization but are encouraged to register with the FEC to give your candidacy more credibility.
The Michigan Secretary of State has more thorough information about the requirements for filing for office on their website which I encourage everyone to become familiar with.
If you have any questions about the filing process, please contact LPM Chair Bill Hall at email@example.com or LPM Political Director Greg Stempfle at firstname.lastname@example.org.