Information for Candidates


The $500 Threshold Exemption Statement no longer exists. 

Statement of Interest
SB1451 signed by Governor Ducey recently requires anyone seeking a political Office file a Candidate Statement of Interest prior to gathering signatures. This is regardless of Party affiliation.

If you are planning to run for ANY county office, you MUST file the form with the Santa Cruz County Elections Department. You MUST file this form prior to obtaining any petition signatures. If you have already started gathering signatures, you must file this form immediately in order for those signatures to be grandfathered in. If you do not file the form, you risk candidate challenge in Superior Court which means signatures gathered prior to your filing may be excluded.

Is only required if the Candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,200.00 and must be filed in the Elections Department within 10 days after meeting the monetary threshold.

Campaign Finance

NOTE: If you have no activity, you can check that box located at the bottom of the first page, fill in the rest of the information on that page and then only submit that page. You will not have to complete the whole 65-page documentation unless you have activity. Even then, like with the IRS, you need only complete the schedules that pertain to your committee’s activity.



Upon completing your form(s) please submit by using one of the following methods:


► FAX: 

(520) 761-7843

► MAIL: 

Santa Cruz County Elections
2150 N. Congress Drive, Suite 119
Nogales, AZ 85621

2020 Official Signature Requirements

2020 Official Signature Documents

Important Notice


We have heard concerns about how COVID-19 may affect the candidate filing process.

At this time, our office remains ready to accept candidate filings. Because the deadline to file is determined by statute (A.R.S. §§16-311, 16-314), our office is unable to extend the filing deadline. Anyone who wants to appear on the Primary or General Election ballot in countywide races must file with our office by April 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Because of public health concerns, we will now be accepting filings by certified mail. If you file by mail, the filing must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Please complete the “Filing by Mail” form HERE and return it with your filing paperwork.

In order to drop off your filing in person you will need to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (520) 375-7808 or email We will do our best to accommodate these requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Generally, if you want to avoid a crowd, make your appointment as soon as possible. We anticipate a high volume of candidates the closer it gets to the deadline, leading to a more crowded office.

Please feel free to share this information. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.