Secretary of State
Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 25, 2010  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

(Frankfort, KY) Candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate for a partisan office must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form with the appropriate filing office by Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in order to be placed on the ballot for the November 2nd general election.  The Statement-of-Candidacy form for independent candidates is required by KRS 118.365(5) which was enacted by the 2003 General Assembly.

“The requirement for independent candidates to file a Statement-of-Candidacy form is relatively new in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “Candidates are encouraged to utilize our “FastTrack Elections” application on our website or contact our office to receive the necessary paperwork in order to be eligible for candidacy.”

There is no filing fee for the filing of the Statement-of-Candidacy, but the failure of candidates required to file the Statement of Candidacy shall result in the rejection of any nominating petition submitted to the appropriate filing official by the August 10, 2010 deadline for attaining ballot access in the November 2, 2010 general election.

The following offices that file with the Secretary of State are scheduled for a regular election in 2010 and would require the filing of a statement of candidacy:

State Senator (Even Districts)

State Representative


Offices that file with the local county clerk that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2010 include:


County Judge/Executive

County Attorney

County Clerk

Property Valuation Administrator



County Commissioner


Magistrate/Justice of the Peace



Mayor (1st Class City Only)

• City Legislative Body (1st Class City Only)



Candidates for federal offices, nonpartisan offices, and partisan city offices in cities of the second to sixth class are exempt from filing the Statement of Candidacy.

In order to help candidates seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State previously developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy.  This publication provides Kentuckians with a quick guide to filing for political office.

Although the manual focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates.  The publication contains an election schedule, sample filing forms of various types, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.

For the first time, citizens who are interested in running for an office that files with the Secretary of State will be able to obtain the proper filing papers online, twenty-four hours a day, via FastTrack Elections.  These forms can be printed out and submitted either by hand delivery or by mail.  The forms will have detailed instructions to help the candidate fill out the forms properly.  The application will also provide sample forms for offices that file with the county clerk. 

For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, access FastTrack Elections, or to view a list of candidates, please visit

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