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?

To find the complete list of available offices for 2020, please see our candidate listing, here.

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?

All 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 2020 must file with their Local City or Township Clerk:

  • Mayor
  • City Council Member or Commissioner
  • Village Officers
  • Township Officers

Candidates running for the following offices in 2020 must file with the Eaton County Clerk:

  • 71st State Representative
  • County Clerk / Register of Deeds
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • County Treasurer
  • County Drain Commisssioner
  • County Commissioner
  • Local School Board Member
  • District Library
  • Precinct Delegate

Candidates for city, township, or village offices file with their local city or township clerk. 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)