Maryland County Offices
Councilmanic district lines will change in Montgomery County along with the addition of two brand new districts in Montgomery County.
Important Note - Montgomery County does have a Public Campaign Financing Law.
Under Maryland Election Law, Section 13-505, counties may establish their own system of public campaign financing. In September 2014 the Council unanimously enacted Bill 16-14, which established a Public Election Fund to provide public campaign financing for County Executive and County Council candidates. When the Council enacted Bill 16-14 it was the first measure of its type in the Washington metropolitan region and in Maryland.
The goals of this law are to:
- Encourage greater voter participation in County elections
- Increase opportunities for more residents to run for office
- Reduce the influence of large contributions from businesses, political action groups, and other large organizations
CLICK HERE for details on Montgomery County's Public Campaign Financing Law
|Office Sought||Age||State Citizen/ Resident||District Resident||Term of Office||Additional Qualifications|
|County Executive||4 years||As specified in local charter|
|County Council||4 years||As specified in local charter|
|Co. Commissioners||4 years||As specified in public local law|
|County Treasurer||4 years||As specified in public local law|
|State's Attorney||Subdivision 2 years||4 years||Member - Maryland Bar|
|Clerk of the Courts||4 years|
|Register of Wills||4 years|
|Orphans Court Judge||Subdivision 1 year||4 years|
|Sheriff||25||5 years||Reside w/in subdivision||4 years|
|Board of Education||Vary||Contact specific County|
What to do first?
Before you announce, it’s important to talk to your spouse, your family and close friends. Let them know you are thinking about running. RED FLAG: If your spouse isn’t on board with your plans, then you don’t want to run. It will lead down a rough and bumpy road.
After you’ve gotten the blessing to run for office from your spouse and family, your first task is to find a campaign treasurer. You can’t run without one, and you’ll want to find someone who is detail-oriented, because you don’t want to be late with filings. Your treasurer’s name will be on every piece of political material you put out, from your website to tee shirts. A good rule to follow is that when in doubt, put the authority line on it. I will address the authority line in a later column.
After you decide to be a candidate and you have your treasurer, you need to go to Annapolis to file.
When you go to file
You should make a day of it and take plenty of pictures and videos on the day you file. Consider doing a Facebook Live right after you file – just something brief.