Becoming a Candidate

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office.

More Information


For more information in becoming a candidate go to Becoming a Candidate at the Virginia Department of Elections website.

General Eligibility


  • For both Roanoke and Virginia - Must be U.S. citizen at the time of election
  • For Roanoke - Must be 18 years of age or older and be a Virginia resident for at least 1 year preceding election

Upcoming Elections


  • Clerk of the Circuit Court (8-Year Term). Next Election: Nov. 5, 2019. Must be a city resident.