Campaign Filing and Finance
Tarrant County Campaign Filing Links
Note: The information in this section below is for those candidates that file in Tarrant County only.
Texas law requires that county officeholders and candidates file documents required to comply with the campaign and financial disclosure laws. County Officeholders and Candidates must file a Semiannual (January and July) Campaign Finance Report with the Tarrant County Elections Department in accordance with Title 15 of the Texas Election Code. View the Filing Schedule Month Calendar and the View the Filing Schedule.
- Campaign Filings (Due Prior to July 17, 2017)
- Campaign Filings Portal (Due on or after July 17, 2017)
- Campaign Treasurer Appointments
In addition, county officeholders and candidates are required to file a personal financial statement with the County Clerk’s office in accordance with Chapter 159 of the Local Government Code.
- Personal Financial Statement
- PFS - Filing Schedule for Personal Finance Statement
- PFS reports are required to be filed annually by April 30th. Those who file a PFS with the Texas Ethics Commission due on this annual deadline may request a 60 day extension to this deadline beginning March 1st through April 30th.
- During an election year, candidates on the primary and/or general ballot are required to file the PFS prior to the primary election on a date set by statute. The 2024 deadline is February 12, 2024, for the 2024 primary and general elections. No extensions to this filing deadline are allowed.
- New appointees to major agencies or statewide elected offices must file a PFS within 30 days of the appointment. No extensions to this initial PFS filing deadline are allowed. Thereafter, appointees file annually by April 30th.
- New Executive Directors of state agencies must file a PFS within 45 days of the appointment. No extensions to this initial PFS filing deadline are allowed. Thereafter, Executive Directors file annually by April 30th.
- PFS - Filing Schedule for Personal Finance Statement
Becoming a Candidate
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order 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 county, a statewide office, or a federal office.
Procedures for Candidates
Rules regarding how the name can be listed on the ballot (Texas Election Code - Title 5 - Chapter 52 - Subchapter B)
- Form of Name on Ballot (Section 52.031)
- Candidates with the Same or Similar Surnames (Section 52.032)
- Titles Prohibited (Section 52.033)
- Name on Ballot More Than Once (Section 52.034)
Filing for a Place on the Ballot:
- Offices Up for Election in 2024 (Texas SOS Website listing)
- Voter Registration Requirement for Candidates
- Qualifications for Office (Federal, State, or County) * for the Local Offices you must contact the Local Entity (City, ISD, Water District or Municipal Management District) that you as seeking the Office for.
- Important dates for the party conventions, primary election, and general election
- Running for President
- As a nominee for the Democratic/Republican Primary * An individual seeking a Federal, State or County office representing one of the major political parties must file for a place on the ballot at the headquarters of their preferred party.
- As a nominee for Libertarian or Green Party Convention Process * An individual seeking a Federal, State or County office representing the Libertarian Party or Green Party must file for a place on the ballot at the headquarters of their preferred party.
- As a nominee for a New Party or Party without Ballot Access * An individual seeking a Federal, State or County office representing a New Party or a Party that received less than five percent of the vote in the last general election. How to establish a political party in Texas.
- As an Independent Candidate *An individual seeking a Federal, State or County office as an Independent candidate must file for a place on the ballot with the appropriate filing authority.
- As a Write-In Candidate *An individual seeking a Federal, State or County office as a Write-In candidate must file for a place on the ballot with the appropriate filing authority.
- Running for a Judicial Office in 2024
- Filing for county or precinct chair of a political party holding a primary election in 2024
- As a candidate for a Local office (City, ISD, Water District or Municipal Management District) * An individual seeking a place on the ballot in a political subdivision other than the County must file with the designated authority in the political subdivision where the office is being sought.
- Frequently Asked Questions on Party Affiliation and Candidacy
- Texas Legislature
- Texas SOS Office - Public Information Request (PDF)
- Tarrant County - Public Information Request - JustFOIA (https://tarrantcountytx.justfoia.com/publicportal)
- Election Forms on the Texas SOS Website
- Texas Ethics Commission
- Texas Ethics Commission Interactive Calendar
- Texas Ethics Commission - Title 15 - Election Code - Regulating Political Funds And Campaigns
- Federal Election Commission
- Election Officials and Officeholders list from the Texas SOS Website
- Important Addresses (State Level)
- Campaign Filing Link for Political Subdivisions Other Than Federal, State and County Offices
- Political Party Web Links Information
Campaign Signs Links
Candidates should be aware that the Texas Ethics Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, and many municipalities and schools have rules and ordinances governing the placement of political signs on public property and public right-of-way. Contact the local municipalities and schools for their rules on signs.
The absence of information does not mean that a unit of government does not have rules in place. Candidates are also encouraged to be respectful of private property and ask permission from landowners before erecting any political signs. Electioneering must be allowed at polling places during voting hours, but candidates are also encouraged to limit the number and placement of signs so that they do not constitute a hazard.