The Libertarian Party of Ohio needs energetic and passionate people to run for office. If you are interested, we want to help you succeed.
The best way to make a difference in politics is to run for office. No seat is too small or too big for a Libertarian to fill. Libertarian elected officials get to actively make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty. At every level of government, there are too many instances where politicians gather to pass laws without any dissent representing the individual taxpaying citizen. You could be that person.
We encourage first-timers to run for local offices in odd-numbered years. We also encourage first timers to start locally to build influence and recognition. With a term or two of local office, you will have the experience and credibility to run a successful campaign for county, state, or federal office, but if you have the qualifications to run for a different office, we won’t turn you down! Before starting your campaign, take a quick look at our “Candidate Quick Start Guide” video (27 minutes).
Local offices include city and village council, township trustees, and school board members. Many seats are also available on a non-partisan basis. Because the Libertarian Party currently lacks ballot access in Ohio, candidates running this year will run either for non-partisan offices or as independents.
To run, you must file a declaration of candidacy with your local Board of Elections (BOE) before the deadline, with completed petitions containing the number of signatures required for the office you are seeking. Every county BOE has a list of elected officials online.
The Ohio Secretary of State (SOS) provides helpful materials for Candidates in Ohio.
Ohio SOS Calendars
The Libertarian Party of Ohio can also help you. Please complete this form, and our Political Director will be in contact with you.