Candidate Filing Information 2022 
 

Countywide and Special Districts Offices up for election

Calendar of election events 2021

Cochise County Candidate Handbook

Candidate Filings for 2022

 

DISCLAIMER:  The forms, petitions, handbooks and law contained in this packet are subject to change without notice, in accordance with State and/or Federal law. It is the responsibility of the candidate/committee to obtain updated information before filing, collecting signatures, etc. Please note that everything you submit is subject to challenge by any elector. If you have questions on the legality of the forms, petitions, and handbooks, please seek your own legal counsel.  The Elections Department cannot give legal advice or answer questions about how to conduct your campaign. All information is subject to public records request.  Printed candidate packets ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE for pickup in the Elections Dept.

If you have any questions, please contact the County Elections Department by phone (520-432-8970) or by e-mail to Lmarra@cochise.az.gov


Select the Candidate type for the Office you want to run for:  

Partisan Nomination County Office (Democratic or Republican Candidate)and Nomination other than by Primary Election (Independent, No Party Designation, Other, or 16-341 Candidate

Non-Partisan Office(Special District)

Precinct Committeeman

(forms listed below)

 



Partisan Nomination County Office (Democratic or Republican Candidate) and Nomination other than by Primary Election (Independent, No Party Designation, Other, or 16-341 Candidate

Partisan Office Candidates (Republican or Democratic Only – will run in Primary/General) and Nomination other than by Primary Election (Independent, Other, or 16-341 Candidate will run in General Election only)

 

STEP 1 – FILE A STATEMENT OF INTEREST

  •      All Candidates seeking any County, Special, or School District Office must now file a Statement of Interest with the Elections Department before collecting petition signatures.  This form may be filed electronically by email.

STEP 2 – FORM A COMMITTEE (if required) – Can be submitted to the Election’s Office at any time

  • Within 10 days after your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements exceed $1,300, your committee must file a Statement of Organization. As long as your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements do not exceed $1,300, you may skip this step. NOTE: Once you file as a Committee, you are obligated to filing regular campaign finance reports subject to late fees.

STEP 3 – NOMINATION PETITIONS   Partisan    Independent  (pick one)

  • Information about who can sign petitions, who can gather petitions for you, and a checklist is included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • Official signature numbers will not be available until after January 2, 2022 and will be posted here by January 15, 2022.  For comparison purposes, these were signature requirements in 2018 when these offices were up for election.

STEP 4 – NOMINATING PAPERS (File A, B & C together) - You may contact our office to set up a filing appointment, these cannot be accepted electronically. Candidates are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Only nominating papers received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day to file will be accepted, regardless of postmark date.

  A.    Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first.

  B.    Financial Disclosure Statement 

  • Covers the 12-month period preceding the filing

  C.    Conflict of Interest Statement  

  • This is a specific requirement of Cochise County and must be completed for all Partisan County Offices

STEP 5 – CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS (Only required if a Statement of Organization was filed)

                        Obligations to file Campaign Finance Reports begins as soon as the Statement of Organization is filed.

STEP 6 – TERMINATION STATEMENT (Only required if a Statement of Organization was filed)

After the election cycle is complete, committees must terminate by filing a Termination Statement. Until terminated, committees are required to continue filing periodic Campaign Finance Reports. A final Campaign Finance Report is due upon termination.

Write-In Candidates for Partisan County Offices

  A.    Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first.

  B.    Financial Disclosure Statement  

  • Covers the 12-month period preceding the filing

  C.    Conflict of Interest Statement 

  • This is a specific requirement of Cochise County and must be completed for all Partisan County Offices

Non-Partisan Office (Special District Candidates run in General Election) Offices are subject to cancel and appointment

 STEP 1 – FILE A STATEMENT OF INTEREST

  •      All Candidates seeking any County, Special, or School District Office must now file a Statement of Interest with the Elections Department before collecting petition signatures.  This form may be filed electronically by email.

 STEP 2 – FORM A COMMITTEE (if required) – Can be submitted to the Election’s Office at any time

  • Within 10 days after your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements exceed $1,300, your committee must file a Statement of Organization. As long as your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements do not exceed $1,300, you may skip this step. NOTE: Once you file as a Committee, you are obligated to filing regular campaign finance reports subject to late fees.

 STEP 3 – NOMINATION PETITIONS   Non-Partisan (Special District)

  • Information about who can sign petitions, who can gather petitions for you, and a checklist is included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • Official signature numbers will not be available until after January 2, 2022 and will be posted here by January 15, 2022.  For comparison purposes, these were signature requirements in 2018 when these offices were up for election. The maximum amount if signatures is 250.

 STEP 4 – NOMINATING PAPER - You may contact our office to set up a filing appointment, these cannot be accepted electronically. Candidates are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Only nominating papers received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day to file will be accepted, regardless of postmark date.

  Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first.

 STEP 5 – CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS (Only required if a Statement of Organization was filed)

                        Obligations to file Campaign Finance Reports begins as soon as the Statement of Organization is filed.

 STEP 6 – TERMINATION STATEMENT (Only required if a Statement of Organization was filed)

After the election cycle is complete, committees must terminate by filing a Termination Statement. Until terminated, committees are required to continue filing periodic Campaign Finance Reports. A final Campaign Finance Report is due upon termination.

Write-In Candidates for Special Districts 

  A.    Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first.

Precinct Committeeman - Offices are subject to cancel and appointment

On Primary Ballot only – Partisan (Democratic, Libertarian, Republican)  Candidates may file with the Cochise County Elections Department OR with their County Party Chairman.  All forms must be received in the Elections Department by 5pm on the last day to file. No Statement of Interest is required.


 STEP 1 – FORM A COMMITTEE (if required) – Can be submitted to the Election’s Office at any time. This is rare for PC's to file.

  • Within 10 days after your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements exceed $1,300, your committee must file a Statement of Organization. As long as your campaign’s combined receipts and disbursements do not exceed $1,300, you may skip this step. NOTE: Once you file as a Committee, you are obligated to filing regular campaign finance reports subject to late fees.

 STEP 3 – NOMINATION PETITIONS   Partisan

  • Information about who can sign petitions, who can gather petitions for you, and a checklist is included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • Official signature numbers will not be available until after January 2, 2022 and will be posted here by January 15, 2022.  For comparison purposes, these were signature requirements in 2020 when these offices were up for election.

 STEP 4 – NOMINATING PAPER - You may contact our office to set up a filing appointment, these cannot be accepted electronically. Candidates are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Filer who choose to mail their paperwork must allow sufficient time for a possible delay in mail delivery, Forms must be original with wet signatures - NO copies are accepted. Only nominating papers received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day to file will be accepted, regardless of postmark date.

  Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first. Nicknames are permissible as long as they do not suggest a title or profession.
  • The candidate must sign the form.

 STEP 5 – TERMINATION STATEMENT (Only required if a Statement of Organization was filed)

After the election cycle is complete, committees must terminate by filing a Termination Statement. Until terminated, committees are required to continue filing periodic Campaign Finance Reports. A final Campaign Finance Report is due upon termination.

 

Write-In Candidates for Precinct Committeeman  

  A.    Nomination Paper and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (Both are on the same one-page form)

  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot. The candidate’s last name must appear first.

 


Candidate Resources

Candidate Handbook (available Spring 2021)
State of Arizona Judicial Candidate Handbook (Superior Court Judge or Justice of the Peace) 


2018 Candidate Signature Requirements (FOR REFERENCE ONLY)
2022 Candidate Signature Requirements (available after January 15, 2022)


PETITION CIRCULATION INFORMATION 

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT INFORMATION

CAMPAIGN FINANCE INFORMATION 

  • Committee Statement of Organization
  • Campaign Finance Report Filing Deadlines
  • Campaign Finance Reports
  • Committee Termination Form
  • Az Secretary of State Candidate Campaign Finance Handbook
  • Az Secretary of State Political Action Committee Finance Handbook
  • Az Secretary of State Cybersecurity Handbook for Candidates and Political Entities

 

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