Most banks will allow you to set up a business account under your campaign's name using either an EIN or your social security number. Some banks will waive the fees normally associated with a business account for a political committee.
- Pay a $25 filing fee (for state representative or state senate); or
- File by petition
Filing by petition would be a good choice for candidates that want to build a grassroots organization. Although you only need to collect a few signatures, you can keep going, as it gives you a good reason to go door-to-door and talk to voters. In 2014, when I ran for commissioner, I collected about 1,000 valid signatures and found it very helpful.
Candidates who choose to file by petition by door-to-door canvassing should contact me so that we can get you set up with our canvassing software that lets you print maps of the registered voters in your district and select what neighborhoods to visit and what doors to knock.
Please note: Candidates choosing to file by petition can start that process at any time (i.e., now).
- Pay a fee ($750 for state senate or state rep); or
- Turn in 500 petition signatures (Senate or Rep).
Do I have to be an IPO member to run?
Yes and No. Now that the IPO has been recognized as a major political party, anyone who would like to appear on the party's May Primary ballot must be a registered member of the Independent Party by September 10, 2015. However, candidates who want to win the party's nomination via write-in may do so.
Does the party provide resources to its candidates?
Yes. The IPO has grassroots volunteers in many parts of the state and can provide campaign services including direct mail, fund-raising, data services (voter file) and more. .
Does the IPO endorse candidates?
Yes. Now that the IPO election is conducted by the state and administered by the county clerks, the party will be making primary election endorsements.
Who can I speak to about running?
Candidates are encouraged to get in touch with IPO Secretary, Sal Peralta. He can be reached via cellphone at 503 . 437 . 2833