Candidates

Requirements to Hold Local Office

You must be a registered voter in Worcester.

  • Councilor At-Large: Any voter is eligible to hold the office of councilor at-large; if he/she shall have resided in the city for a period of at least one year.
  • District Councilor: A district councilor at the time of his/her election shall be a voter of the district from which he/she is elected and shall have resided therein for a period of at least one year.
  • School Committee: Any voter is eligible to hold the office of school committee member, provided, however, that he/she shall have resided within the city for one year immediately prior to the election.

Request nomination papers from the offices of the Board of Election Commissioners, Room 208, City Hall.

Requirements to Hold State & Federal Offices

State and Federal candidates for election in November file nomination papers in order to have their names printed on the ballot. Most often, candidates gain access to the general election ballot in one of the following two ways:

  • A candidate who is a member of a party may be nominated in a state primary; OR
  • A non-party candidate may run in the state election only.

For each office, state law has assigned a minimum number of certified signatures required for ballot access. For example, candidates for state representative must submit at least 150 certified signatures, while candidates for state senator are required to submit at least 300 certified signatures. For a complete listing of signature requirements and additional information, please see the candidate guide.

How to Run for Office in MA

2018 Dates for Candidates

Candidates may request nomination papers from the office of the Board of Election Commissioners, Room 208, City Hall.

Campaign Finance Filings

City Council

City Council candidates submit their Finance Reports to the State of Massachusetts. To view the Finance Reports for the City of Worcester's City Council candidates, please visit the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

School Committee

School Committee candidates submit their Finance Reports to the City of Worcester. Candidates must submit Campaign Finance Reports eight days prior to the Preliminary Election, eight days prior to the Municipal Election and an end-of-year report.

Below each election year is a list of candidates' Finance Reports as submitted to the Office of the City Clerk.

District/Ward/Precinct Maps

Resources

Contact Information

Election Commission
City Hall Room 208
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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