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  Candidate Qualifications

The 2021 Mesa County Candidate Qualifications Guide has general requirements for Mesa County elected offices. This document is only meant to be used as a reference guide. Please always reference the Colorado Constitution and Colorado Revised Statutes for applicable laws.

Secretary of State Resources

The Colorado Secretary of State also has a number of candidate resources available on their website

Candidate Forms to file with the Secretary of State

File with Mesa County

Certificate of Designation by Party Assembly

Certificate of Designation by Petition

Certificate of Designation by Write-In

Withdrawal Process

 

Additional Information

County Offices and Qualifications

Commissioners, Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, & Surveyor

  • Term of Office: No more than two 4-year terms.
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 Years
  • Residency Requirement: Resident in the county one year preceding the election. For commissioner candidates, resident in the Commissioner District you are running for.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen [C.R.S. § 30-10-501.5]

Sheriff & Coroner

  • Term of Office: No more than three 4-year terms.
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 Years
  • Residency Requirement: Resident in the county one year preceding the election.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen [C.R.S. § 30-10-501.5]
  • Fingerprints: Complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency and submit a receipt of evidence of such fingerprinting at the time of filing written acceptance or candidate affidavit.

Ballot Access

Political Party Candidates

  • By Political Party Designation:
    • You may be designated by assembly as a candidate for major political parties for the Primary Election. For each political party, there are party rules to follow. Minor party candidates normally are nominated straight to the General Election ballot. In order to be nominated during your party’s assembly, you need at least 30% of the votes of all delegates present and voting on that office. 
  • By Political Party Petition:
    • You may choose to petition onto the ballot. However, if you try to go through assembly first, and do not receive at least 10% of the votes, you cannot take out a petition. Check party rules, but usually a candidate must be affiliated with the political party by the first business day in January of the year they are wishing to be a candidate. Party petitions cannot be circulated and signatures cannot be obtained any time prior to mid-January 2022. Petitions should be filed with the designated election official no later than 85 days before the Primary election. All petition formats must be approved by the County Clerk before you circulate them and the petition may only contain one candidate’s name for the same office. Persons who sign your petition must live within the county, be affiliated with the party you want to represent, and be registered to vote at the correct address. The number of signatures needed varies. It is normally equal to 20% of the votes cast at the Primary election for the political party’s candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated.

Unaffiliated/Write-in Candidates

  • As an Unaffiliated Candidate:
    • Unaffiliated candidates petition to be on the General ballot. You need to be registered unaffiliated for at least 12 months prior to the last date the petition may be filed with the County Clerk. All petition formats must be approved by the County Clerk before you circulate them and the petition may only contain one candidate’s name for the same office. The petition cannot be circulated or any signatures obtained prior to 173 days before the General Election, which is November 8, 2022. Petition has to be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on the 117th day preceding the General election. Persons who sign your petition must live within the county and be registered to vote at the correct address. The number of signatures needed is equal to 750 or 2% of the votes cast in the most recent General Election, whichever is less. 
  • As a Write-In Candidate:
    • Your name doesn’t actually appear on the ballot if you are a write-in candidate. Anyone who writes your name in on a blank line and fills in the oval next to it earns you a vote. In order to be a write-in candidate, you must file an affidavit of intent by the 110th day before the General Election, which is November 8, 2022.


**This information is meant to provide general information only. Always refer to the Colorado Constitution and Colorado Revised Statues for applicable laws.**