Running for Office

Running for Office in Eaton County

All candidates must be registered and qualified electors of the districts in which they are seeking office.

Step 1: What office are you running for?

If you are unsure of which precinct you live in, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. This website allows you to view your voter registration status, sample ballot, polling location, and voting precinct.

Step 2: Where do I file for office?

Most federal, statewide, and judicial candidates file for office with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections. The Bureau of Elections can be contacted by phone at (800) 292-5973, or email at

Candidates running for the following offices in 2023 must file with their Local City Clerk:

  • Mayor 
  • City Council Members

To find contact information for your local clerk in Eaton County, click here.


Step 3: I’m running for office and I file with a filing official in Eaton County. What forms and information do I need? 

Affidavit of Identity (Link) along with petitions or $100 filing fee depending on the office

Statement of Organization 

Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent (Link)

Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity (Link)

Write-In-Precinct Delegate-Declaration of Intent (Link)