The filing deadline is quickly approaching for candidates who want to be on the ballot in the May primary.
The filing deadline for partisan candidates in local, state and federal offices is 4 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline for Urban County Council and Lexington mayoral races is also Tuesday. The filing deadline for school board and independent candidates is in August.
But different offices have different filing requirements, said Kitty Ware, election coordinator in Fayette County.
For county offices — including county judge-executive, county attorney and property valuation administrator — candidates have to file in the county where they live.
These candidates must fill out a notification and declaration form available in the county clerk's office. The form has to be signed by the candidate and two voters in the district who are of the same party. All signatures must be notarized.
Candidates for state and federal offices, such as U.S. senator and representative, plus all judicial offices, have to file with the secretary of state's office in Frankfort.
There's a $50 filing fee for county offices and Urban County Government races. State and federal filing fees vary, depending on the office, Ware said.
To run for Urban County Council, a candidate must use a signature petition form from the Fayette County clerk's office. If seeking a district seat, the candidate needs 100 signatures from registered voters who live in the district. If running for one of the three at-large seats, "it's 100 signatures of registered voters in Fayette County, and the same for the mayor's race," Ware said.