Notice: The period for seeking the IPO nomination for 2012 has ended. The information below is pertinent only to the next election cycle which begins after the November, 2012 General Election.
Anyone who is interested in running as an Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) candidate for public office or in being endorsed by the IPO in a nonpartisan contest should fill out our short Candidate Application and Questionnaire. If IPO determines that you are qualified to be an IPO candidate, you may be asked to complete a more detailed questionnaire about your experience and positions on issues.
To complete the nomination process, you must follow the instructions outlined in the Overview of IPO 2012 Nomination Process, also available as a PDF Document.
Candidates who seek to qualify by Show of Support Petitions may download the petition form here and may direct supporters to the Online Show of Support Petition.
The Independent Party of Oregon is entitled to place one candidate on the general election ballot for each of the following offices:
- President of the United States
- United States Senator
- United States Representative (in each of 5 districts)
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- State Treasurer
- State Senator (in each of 30 districts)
- State Representative (in each of 60 districts)
- some county commissioners and any other office that is elected on a "partisan" (by party) basis
Note:To be nominated by IPO, you do not have to file 70 days prior to the primary election date, as do persons who want to run as Democrats or Republicans. Instead, in 2012, you must file to participate in the IPO Primary Election. The election will commence on June 19 and end July 17. Please refer to the 2012 Primary Election Overview for details.
Potential candidates for the offices listed above who are eligible to run for public office in Oregon, and who have been members of the IPO for at least 1 year prior to the date of the IPO primary election, are automatically qualified to compete for an IPO nomination. Potential candidates who have not been members of the IPO for at least a year must be qualified (approved) by the duly-elected IPO Caucus.
Candidates may also seek the endorsement of the IPO in non-partisan races by completing the Candidate Application and Questionnaire. If IPO determines that you are qualified to be endorsed by IPO, you will be asked to complete a more detailed questionnaire about your experience and positions on issues.