File an Affidavit of Candidacy to run for office in Iowa. You also have to collect signatures from other people on nomination petitions for most offices. You can only turn in this paperwork during certain periods of time before each election.
Turn in candidate paperwork to the following places to run for office:
If you want to run for...
File paperwork with...
Federal or State Office
Secretary of State's Office
County or City Office
Linn County Auditor's Office
School Board Secretary
Community College Board
Community College Board Secretary
You also need to file Campaign Finance paperwork if you raise or spend money campaigning. If you want to put up signs, you need to follow certain rules and laws. If you need maps, voter lists, or other information to help with your campaign, there are forms to fill out to get the information and laws about how you can use it. You can find more information for each step below.