Declaration of candidacy period fast approaching

Declaration of candidacy period fast approaching

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Islanders thinking of running for political office, and seeking to appear on this year's ballot must make it official by Wednesday, June 25; candidates have from June 23, to June 25, to file a "declaration of candidacy" form with state and local officials.

Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and statewide General Office must file their form with the Secretary of State's office, located at 148 West River St., Providence.

Voters who plan to run for the General Assembly or municipal office must file with the board of canvassers in the city or town where they are registered to vote.

The next important step for candidates happens from July 1 through July 11, when candidates must collect signatures from enough eligible voters to officially put their name on the ballot. The thresholds range from 50 signatures for some municipal offices to 1,000 signatures for U.S. Senate.

Rhode Island's statewide primary is Sept. 9, and the general election is Nov. 4. For more information on this year's election, visit theonline Voter Information Center at www.sos.ri.gov/elections