Please visit Texas Secretary of State website for this year’s 2020 Candidate’s Guide.
Title 15 requires candidates and officeholders to file various documents and reports with the appropriate filing authority. The filing authority for a local candidate or officeholder depends on the nature of the office sought or held.
The county clerk (or the county elections administrator if the county has an elections administrator, or tax assessor-collector if the county’s commissioners court has transferred the filing authority function to the tax assessor-collector and the county clerk and tax assessor-collector have agreed to the transfer) is the appropriate filing authority for a candidate for:
- a county office
- a precinct office
- a district office (except for multi-county district offices)
- an office of a political subdivision other than a county if the political subdivision is within the boundaries of a single county and if the governing body of the political subdivision has not been formed.
Other local filing authority:
If a candidate is seeking an office of a political subdivision other than a county, the appropriate filing authority is the clerk or secretary of the governing body of the political subdivision. If the political subdivision has no clerk or secretary, the appropriate filing authority is the governing body’s presiding officer.
Texas Ethics Commission:
The Texas Ethics Commission is the appropriate filing authority for candidates for:
- Multi-county district offices. (Reminder: This guide does not apply to multicounty district offices.)
- An office of a political subdivision other than a county if the political subdivision includes areas in more than one county and if the governing body of the political subdivision has not been formed.
Texas law requires that county officeholders and candidates file documents required to comply with campaign and financial disclosure laws. In addition, county officeholders, candidates and some county department heads are required to file a personal financial statement.
WHO MAY FILE WITH THE COUNTY CLERK?
County Officeholders and Candidates must file a Semiannual (January and July) Campaign Finance Report with the Val Verde County Clerk's Office in accordance with Title 15 of the Texas Election Code.
For more information please visit The Texas Ethics Commission website for forms and frequently asked questions.
Revised January 1, 2020
Revised January 1, 2020