Running for Office

Elections in Rockville are non-partisan.

Eligibility to Run for Office

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must be a registered voter and have lived within Rockville city limits for at least one year immediately preceding the election. You must have lived in Rockville since Nov. 7, 2022.

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 2023 deadline is Friday, Sept. 8, 2023.
  • 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 candidate packet for the 2023 election 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 Campaign Finance Reports Training

The candidates and treasurers will be required to attend a training conducted by the Board of Supervisors of Elections on Thursday, June 29, from 7-9 p.m. or Saturday, September 9, 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. 8. For more information, view the 2023 Election Outreach for Candidates document.

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.

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.