U.S. Representative

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in Primary Elections and elected in General Elections of even years.
  • Independent candidates will only appear on the ballot in the General Election.
  • This office will be on the ballot in 2020.
  • Each term is 2 years. (U.S. Const. Art. I, §2)
  • Each term begins on at noon on January 3rd following the election. 
  • There is only one United States Representative from the 8th Congressional District.  To view a map of Ohio's Congressional Districts, click here.
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What are the requirements to run for U.S. Representative?

Candidates for this position must:

  • Live within the State of Ohio. 
  • Be a registered elector of the State of Ohio. 
  • Be at least 25 years of age. (U.S. Const. Art. I, §2)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen at least seven years prior to the election. (U.S. Const. Art. I, §2)

How do I run for U.S. Representative?

  1. Complete petition form 2-E for party-affiliated candidates or form 3-F for independent candidates.  (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2" x 14" paper)
    • Use the Candidate Petition Guide for partisan primary petitions before circulating your petition to prevent any errors that might disqualify you from the ballot.
    • Independent and nonpartisan candidates should use the Candidate Petition Guide for nonpartisan petitions.
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures for major party candidates
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates
    • Independent candidates will need to collect 1% of the total number of votes for Governor in the district at the last Gubernatorial election. Contact the Board of Elections at (513) 887-3700 for more information.
  3. File petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the Primary election. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
    • Be sure to use the Filing Checklist before filing your petitions.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $85.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for Federal office must file with the Federal Election Commission.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

File a candidate’s financial disclosure form, once a candidate has raised or spent more than $5,000 in a campaign cycle, with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.          

Call Candidate and Ballot Services at 513-887-3700, ext. 3 with any questions or for more information.