Running for Office

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This page provides information regarding running for County elected offices.  Refer to the sections below (including the 2024 Candidate Guide) for information regarding steps to take towards candidacy, important deadlines, options to get your name on the ballot (ballot access), and campaign finance resources.  Note that this webpage and the 2024 Candidate Guide are updated as we receive information, so please check back often.

The Eagle County County Clerk and Recorder’s office oversees ballot access for candidates interested in running for County elected offices, including:
  • County Commissioner (Districts 1 and 2 will be up for election in 2024)
  • Clerk and Recorder
  • Treasurer
  • Assessor
  • Sheriff
  • Surveyor
  • Coroner
Elected Officials includes information regarding current Eagle County elected officials.

The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder's office does not oversee ballot access for federal, state, municipal, special district, or school district candidates. Refer to Appendix A of the 2024 Candidate Guide for resource information. 
Running for Office
2024 Candidate Guide (English and Spanish)
The 2024 Candidate Guide is available in PDF format, in English and Spanish: 
2024 Election Deadlines for Candidates

Date

Description

Applicable Statute or Election Rule

Jan 2

Last day for state central committees to notify the secretary of state and the clerk and recorder of each county of the date decided upon to hold its precinct caucus. (Precinct caucuses must be held on a date no earlier than the first Tuesday in March and no later than the first Saturday after the first Tuesday in March). 

1-3-102(1)(a)(I)

Jan 2

Last day to affiliate with a major or minor party in order to run as a party candidate in the primary (either through nomination or petition). This deadline may be altered by party rule or bylaw for designation by party assembly.

1-4-601(4)(a)
1-4-604(1)
1-4-801(3)
1-4-1304(2)(b)
1-4-802(1)(g)(II)

Jan 2

Last day to register as unaffiliated, in order to be placed in nomination (by petition) as an unaffiliated candidate

1-4-802(1)(g)(II)

Jan 16

First day to circulate major party candidate petitions

1-4-801(5)

Feb 5

First day to circulate minor party candidate petitions 

1-4-802(1)(d)(II)

TBD

Last day to affiliate with the Republican Party and update your voter registration address in order to vote in the Republican Party’s precinct caucus. Details will be made available when provided by party. 

1-3-101(1)

TBD

Last day to affiliate with the Democratic Party and update your voter registration address in order to vote in the Democratic Party’s precinct caucus. Details will be made available when provided by party. 

1-3-101(1) 

March 5

Presidential Primary Election

1-4-1202(2)
1-4-1203(1)

March 7

Eagle County Republican Party Caucus (go to https://www.eaglegop.com/ for more information) 

1-3-102(1)(a)(I)

March 9

Eagle County Democratic Party Caucus (go to https://www.eagledems.org/ for more information) 

1-3-102(1)(a)(I)

March 19

Last day to file major party candidate petitions 

1-4-801(5)(a)
1-4-801(5)(b)(I) 

March 26

(Tuesday)

Through March 30 (Saturday)

Last possible day to hold county assemblies. (County assemblies must be held no later than 21 days after precinct caucuses.) County candidates' designations and acceptances must be filed no later than 4 days after the adjournment of the county assembly. If faxed, the original must also be filed and postmarked no later than 10 days after the adjournment of the assembly. Details will be made available when provided by parties.

1-4-602(1)(a)(I)

1-4-601(3)(a)
1-4-604(3)

April 1

Last day to file minor party candidate petitions

1-4-802(1)(f)(II) 

April 13

Last possible day for major parties to hold state assembly. (No later than 73 days preceding the primary election). Details will be made available when provided by parties.

1-4-601(1)(a)

*

For major parties, designation and acceptance forms must be filed no later than four days after the adjournment of the assembly. Certificates of designation may be transmitted by facsimile transmission; however, the original certificate must also be filed and postmarked no later than ten days after the adjournment of the assembly.

1-4-604(1)(a)

1-4-604(3)

1-4-601(3)

*

For minor parties, designation forms must be filed no later than 4 days after the assembly. Acceptance forms must be postmarked or received by the DEO no later than 4 business days after the filing of the certificate of designation. If faxed, the originals must also be filed and postmarked no later than 10 days after the adjournment of the assembly.

1-4-1304(3), (4)

April 19

Last day a write-in candidate may file an Affidavit of Intent for the June 28th Primary Election 

1-4-1102(1) 

May 11

Deadline for county clerk to transmit a primary election ballot and ballot materials to military/overseas voters for the June 28th Primary Election

1-8.3-110(1) 

Rule 16 

May 16

First day an unaffiliated candidate may circulate or obtain signatures on a petition for nomination for the November 7 General Election

1-4-802(1)(d)(I)  

June 3

First day that mail ballots for the June 25th Primary Election may be mailed to voters

1-7.5-107(3)(a)(I) 

Rule 7.2.3

June 3

Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party's primary election.

1-2-219(1)

June 6

First day that mail ballots for the June 28th Primary Election may be mailed to voters, except for military/overseas voters

1-7.5-107(3)(a)(I) 

Rule 7.2.3

June 17

Vote Centers open for the June 28 Primary Election

1-7.5-107(4.5)(c) 

Rule 7.9.1

June 25

Primary Election

Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

All ballots must be received by the county clerk by 7:00 p.m.

1-4-101(1)
1-7-101(1) 

Rule 7.9.1(c)

1-7.5-107(4)(b)(II)

July 3

Last day for ballots cast by military and overseas electors to be received by the county clerk in order to be counted in the June 28th Primary Election 

1-8.3-111 

1-8.3-113

Rule 16.1.5

July 3

Last day for an elector to cure a signature discrepancy or missing signature, or to provide missing ID for mail or provisional ballot to be counted in the June 28th Primary Election 

1-7.5-107(3.5)(d)
1-7.5-107.3(2)(a)
1-8.5-105(3)(a) 

Rule 7.6.1 

Rule 7.6.5

July 5

Last day for the county clerk to complete verification and counting of provisional ballots for the June 25th Primary Election

Rule 25.2.2 (e)

July 11

Last day to file an unaffiliated candidate nomination petition for the November 5 General Election, no later than 3:00 p.m. 

1-4-802(1)(f)(I)

July 17

Last day to complete the canvass and submit official abstract of votes cast for the June 25th Primary Election to the Secretary of State

1-10-102(1)
1-10-103(1)

July 18

Last day for a write-in candidate to file an Affidavit of Intent for the November 5, 2024 General Election, by 5:00 p.m. 

1-4-1102(1)

Aug 1

Last day for the designated election official to provide a notice of sufficiency/insufficiency regarding unaffiliated candidate nomination petitions for the November 5, 2024 General Election

1-4-908(3)

Sept 4

Last day for the Secretary of State to issue statements of sufficiency or insufficiency for initiative petitions

1-40-116(2)

Sept 6

Last day for the designated election official of each political subdivision to certify the ballot order and content for the 2024 General Election. Each DEO must also deliver the certification to the county clerk for the November 8 General Election.

1-5-203(3)(a)

Sept 21

Deadline for county clerk to transmit ballots and ballot materials to military/overseas voters for the November 5 General Election

1-8.3-110(1) 

Rule 16 

Oct 14

First day that mail ballots for the 2024 General Election may be mailed to voters, except for military/overseas voters

1-7.5-107(3)(a)(I) 

Rule 7.2.3

Oct 21

Vote Centers open for the November 5 General Election

1-5-102.9(2) 

Rule 7.9.1

Nov 5

General Election

Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

All ballots must be received by the county clerk by 7:00 p.m.

1-1-104(17) 

1-4-201 

Rule 7.9.1(b)

Nov 13

Last day for ballots cast by military and overseas electors to be received by the county clerk in order to be counted in the 2024 General Election

1-8.3-111 

1-8.3-113 

Rule 16.1.5

Nov 13

Last day for an elector to cure a signature discrepancy or missing signature, or to provide missing ID for mail or provisional ballot to be counted in the 2024 General Election

1-7.5-107(3.5)(d)
1-7.5-107.3(2)(a)
1-8.5-105(3)(a) 

Rule 7.6.1 
Rule 7.7.5 

Nov 14

Last day for the county clerk to complete verification and counting of provisional ballots for the 2024 General Election

1-8.5-105(5) 

Nov 27

Last day to complete the canvass and submit official abstract of votes cast for the 2024 General Election to the Secretary of State

1-10-102(1) 

1-10-103 (1)


The dates above have been summarized from the 2024 Colorado Secretary of State Election Calendar.  
Petition Signature Requirements for 2024

For candidates wishing to obtain ballot access by petition in 2024, this section provides petition signature requirements for each elected position. Refer to the 2024 Candidate Guide for information regarding petition circulation and petition circulator requirements. 


Candidates who wish to petition onto either the primary or general election ballot must contact the Clerk and Recorder's office at regina.obrien@eaglecounty.us for the appropriate petition forms. 

MAJOR PARTY PETITIONS:
Major party petitions require the lesser of 1,000 signers, or signers equal in number to 10 percent of the votes cast in the political subdivision at the contested or uncontested primary election for the political party’s candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated (or, if there was no primary election, at the last preceding general election for which there was a candidate for the office).

 

Major party petition signature requirements for each elected position (based on the 2022 Primary or General Election unless otherwise noted) are as follows: 

Commissioner District 1 (based on 2020 Primary Election)

Republican

300 signatures

Commissioner District 1 (based on 2020 Primary Election)

Democrat

716 signatures

Commissioner District 2 (based on 2020 Primary Election)

Republican

301 signatures

Commissioner District 2 (based on 2020 Primary Election)

Democrat

737 signatures

Treasurer

Republican

1000 signatures

Treasurer

Democrat

409 signatures

Clerk and Recorder

Republican 

1000 signatures

Clerk and Recorder

Democrat

410 signatures

Assessor

Republican

1000 signatures

Assessor

Democrat

403 signatures

Sheriff

Republican

306 signatures

Sheriff

Democrat

1000 signatures

Surveyor

Republican

1000 signatures

Surveyor

Democrat

397 signatures

Coroner

Republican

1000 signatures

Coroner

Democrat

404 signatures

 

MINOR PARTY AND UNAFFILIATED PETITIONS:

Minor party and unaffiliated petitions require the lesser of 1,000 signers or two percent of the votes cast for all candidates for that office in the most recent general election for any county office. 

 

Minor party and unaffiliated petition signature requirements for each elected position are as follows (based on the 2022 General Election unless otherwise noted): 

Commissioner District 1 (based on 2020 General Election)

560 signatures

Commissioner District 2 (based on 2020 General Election)

560 signatures

Treasurer

315 signatures

Clerk and Recorder

317 signatures

Assessor

310 signatures

Sheriff

396 signatures

Surveyor

309 signatures

Coroner

315 signatures

 

Political Party Contact Information

Eagle County Democratic  Party

https://eagledems.org/

PO Box 802

Eagle, CO 81631

Chair: Jennifer Filipowski

info@eagledems.org

Eagle County Republican Party

https://www.eaglegop.com/

PO Box 982

Vail, CO 81658-0982

Chair: Tony Martinez

eaglecountyrepublicans@gmail.com 

970-445-4944


Colorado Political Party Information
Candidate Forms

Forms used in the candidacy process are included in this section. Refer to the 2024 Candidate Guide (see section above) for more information. Note that this document is updated as we receive information, so please check back often.

Forms to file with the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder

Designation by Party Assembly

Designation by Petition

Designation by Write-In

Certificate of Designation Vacancy Committee

Forms to file with the Colorado Secretary of State:

Questions?
Clerk and Recorder Regina O'Brien and her staff are available to help candidates and committees understand the campaign finance requirements and successfully navigate the process.  Please contact the Clerk's office at 970-328-8715 or regina.obrien@eaglecounty.us.
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