Local Candidate Qualifications

Common Qualifications for all Candidates:

Must be registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certification of nomination. Cannot have a conviction in any jurisdiction for which the convicted person might have been imprisoned for more than one (1) year, otherwise known as a felony.  Cannot be active duty military; Cannot be subject to the Hatch Act or the Little Hatch Act.

Indianapolis Mayor

A candidate for the office of mayor of a first class city [Indianapolis] must have resided in the city for at least five (5) years before the date of taking office.

Indianapolis City-County Council

A candidate for membership on city-county of a first class city [Indianapolis] must have resided in the district in which seeking election, if applicable, for at least two (2) years before the date of taking office.

OTHER CITIES (Lawrence, Beech Grove, Southport)

Mayor

A candidate for the office of mayor of a second or third class city must have resided in the city for at least one (1) year before the election. All other requirements apply.

City Common Council

A candidate for membership on the common council of a second or third class city must: (1) have resided in the city for at least one (1) year; and (2) have resided in the district in which seeking election, if applicable, for at least six (6) months before the election.

City Clerk or City Clerk-Treasurer

Each second class city is required to elect a city clerk. Each third class city is required to elect a city clerk-treasurer. A candidate for the office of city clerk of a second class city or city clerk-treasurer of a third class city must have resided in the city for at least one (1) year before the election.

City Judge

Unless abolished by ordinance, each second class or third class city is required to elect a city judge if the city has created a city court by ordinance. A candidate for the office of judge of a city court must reside in the city upon filing a certificate of nomination. A candidate for the office of judge of a city court must reside in a county in which the city is located upon the filing of a certificate of candidate selection under IC 3-13-1 or IC 3-13-2-8.”

TOWN OFFICES (Clermont, Crows Nest, Cumberland, Homecroft, Rocky Ripple, Speedway, Warren Park, Williams Creek, Wynndale)

Town Council Members

Must reside in the district in which seeking election, if applicable.

Town Clerk-Treasurer

Town Judge

Not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination, the person must be registered to vote in a county in which the municipality is located.