Running for Office

Elections in Rockville are non-partisan. 


  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must be a registered voter and having lived within Rockvile city limits for at least one year immediately preceding the election. You must have lived in Rockville since Nov. 5, 2018.
Still have questions? Contact: 

City Clerk / Director of Council Operations
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

How to Run for Office

Nomination Petitions

A candidate must be nominated using a petition. 

The petition must:

  • Be filed with the Board of Supervisors of Elections at least 60 calendar days before the election.The 2019 deadline is Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
  • Be signed by at least 100 registered voters who live within Rockville city limits.

Mayoral Nomination PetitionCouncilmember Nomination Petition

Candidate Information Election Packet

Download our complete candidate packet or pick up a hardcopy at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

 We now offer a selection of required Section 5 documents to be completed online.  

Attend Candidate and Treasurer Finance Training

The candidates and treasurers will be required to attend a training conducted by the Board of Supervisors of Elections on July 30 from 7-9 p.m. or Sept. 7 from 1-3 p.m. at City Hall.

Candidate Statements

All candidates will submit a candidate statement, color headshot and contact information to no later than 5 p.m., Sept.13.

 For complete information download the candidate statement packet.

A Note About Campaign Contributions

The Board of Supervisors of Elections wishes to inform you that, based on the United States Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the total contribution limit of $2,000 in Sections 8-78(d) and (e) of the City Code is unconstitutional and will not be enforced. While the total contribution limit will not be enforced, the limit on contributions to an individual or a campaign committee of $1,000 is constitutional, is enforceable and will be enforced.