Running for Office

Elections in Rockville are non-partisan.

Eligibility to Run for Office

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must be a registered voter and have lived within Rockville city limits for at least one year immediately preceding the election. You must have lived in Rockville since Nov. 7, 2022.

How to Run for Office

Nomination Petitions

A candidate must be nominated using a petition.

The petition must:

  • Be filed with the Board of Supervisors of Elections at least 60 calendar days before the election.The 2023 deadline is Friday, Sept. 8, 2023.
  • Be signed by at least 100 registered voters who live within Rockville city limits.

Mayoral Nomination PetitionCouncilmember Nomination Petition

Candidate Information Election Packet

Download our candidate packet for the 2023 election or pick up a hardcopy at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

We now offer a selection of required Section 5 documents to be completed online.   

Attend Candidate and Treasurer Campaign Finance Reports Training

The candidates and treasurers will be required to attend a training conducted by the Board of Supervisors of Elections on Thursday, June 29, from 7-9 p.m. or Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m.-noon at City Hall. View a recording of the June 29 training below.

Candidate Statements

All candidates will submit a candidate statement, color headshot and contact information to no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 11. For more information, view the 2023 Election Outreach for Candidates document.

Still have questions? Contact: 

City Clerk / Director of Council Operations
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.