2024 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Where do I file?
The location to file to be on the ballot for the 2024 Democratic Primary will be at the El Paso County Democratic Party Office located at 1401 Montana Suite E.
You can come in person or mail the application with your fee/petition (if applicable). You can potentially file via email or fax, but please contact us at 915-600-5040 to ask if you're eligible.
Filing Hours starting November 11th though December 11th:
Saturday, November 11, 2023:
The office will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm
From November 13-December 9th:
9:00am to 5:00pm Monday though Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
NOTE: the office will be closed November 23rd though November 25th for Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, December 11, 2023:
The office will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm
For Candidates (Federal, State, and County Level)
Since the filing period is not open, you can only declare that you're intending on running for a office during the 2024 Democratic Primary. Also, we will be updating this page with latest information as we get closer to the filing period.
Here are some important items to know
When Do I File?
As of right now, the filing period for the 2024 Democratic Primary will start on November 11, 2023 and end at 6:00pm on December 11, 2023. Within this period, you will be able to either pay the filing fee or submit the signatures required to file for the primary. This page will have up to the minute candidates who filed and you can also find them at the Secretary Of State.
- Important FAQs about Filling -
What form do I use?
For NON JUDICIAL Candidates: you will use this form
For JUDICIAL Candidates: you will use this form
For FEDERAL Candidates, you will use this form
What are the filing fees for running?
You can click here to view the amount of the filing fee for office.
What if I want to do a petition?
Every candidate is welcome to file though petition instead of filing fees (petition form). For countywide office, the threshold needed are 500 signatures and for district offices it will vary on the amount of voters. You should contact the Texas Secretary of State for all rules and regulations on petition signatures.
Is there a period to collect signatures?
No, you can start collecting now, however, per statue at the time of signing, [The signer] is a registered voter of the territory from which the office sought is elected or has been issued a registration certificate for a registration that will become effective in that territory on or before the date of the applicable election (TX Election Code Sec. 141.063)
Filing Your Campaign Treasurer
Before you accept any contributions or make any expenditures, you should file a campaign treasurer. By statue, after you either raise or spend $500, you must have a campaign treasurer on file. You can do this at any time. The El Paso County Democratic Party will try our best to answer any questions, however, you should contact the Texas Ethics Commission for any rules and laws regarding donations, expenditures, reporting, and other items.
- Some FAQs about Campaign Finance -
When can I file my campaign treasurer:
Anytime and it should be the first thing you do if you're planning on running for office.
If you're running at the county level (Constables, County Attorney, Court Court at Law, Sheriff, Tax Assessor Collector) you will file your campaign treasurer report with the El Paso County Elections Department.
If you're running for a State level office (District Attorney, State District Judge, State Representative, State Senator) or District Judge, you will file with the Texas Ethics Commission.
For federal candidates, you will need to contact the Federal Election Commission.
Can I be my own Treasurer?
Do I have to open a new bank account?
Yes! By statue, you must keep any political money separate from your personal or business bank accounts. Because of this you will have to create an EIN number with the IRS to open.
Are there campaign contribution limits?
With the exception of Federal and Judicial candidates (which you should contact the Texas Ethics Commission or the Federal Election Commission) no there are no campaign contribution limits. Also you cannot accept any corporate donations (PC and LLCs are fine as long as they are not a IRS recognized corporation)
What form do I use to file my treasurer report?
Click this link from the Texas Ethics Commission for all the forms.
For County and Precinct Chairs
If you want to run for party office, you will have to file for office as well since both Precinct and County Chairs are elected during the primary. Here are some important notes about running for party offices.
Filing Dates: for Precinct Chairs, the filing date will start earlier on Tuesday, September 12th, however for County Chair, your first date to file will be on November 11th. The deadline is the same for everyone: December 11th at 6:00pm.
Do I have to file with the Texas Ethics Commission?
We are under the opinion that if you spend over $500 for your race for Precinct Chair, you will have to file a report with the TEC. You should contact them about the rules for precinct chairs.
For County Chairs candidates, you are required to file a treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission.
Are there filing fees to run?
Which form do I use to file?
Here is the form for party office.
Declared Candidates for 2024
These are candidates who have declared that they will file for the 2024 Democratic Primary. Since the filing period has not opened, this is only a declaration and not an official filing.
If you wish to declare your candidacy, fill out this form and we will update our list.
For statewide candidates, please contact the Texas Democratic Party.
346th District Court
383rd District Court
Lyda Ness Garcia
388th District Court
388th District Court
448th District Court
Sergio H. Enriquez
65th District Court
65th District Court
Congressional Dist. 16
Constable Pct 1
Andrea "Andi" Baca
Constable Pct 1
Constable Pct 2
Constable Pct 2
Constable Pct 4
Constable Pct 5
Constable Pct 6
County Commissioner 1
Jackie Arroyo Butler
Robert "Bobby" Flores
Tax Assessor Collector
Important Primary Dates
For Precinct Chairs: Sept. 12, 2023 - December 11, 2023 closing at 6:00pm
For all offices: November 11, 2023 to December 11, 2023 closing at 6:00pm
IMPORTANT PRIMARY ELECTION DATES
First day to apply for Vote By Mail Ballot: January 1, 2024
Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2024 (postmark deadline)
First Date of Early Voting: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Last day to Apply for Mail By Ballot: Friday, February 23, 2024 (not a postmark deadline)
Last day of Early Voting: Friday, March 1, 2024
Election Day: March 5, 2024
Posting Events on our Calendar
As a 2024 Democratic Primary candidates, you are open to post any fundraisers or events so that others can see.
EVENT POSTING GUIDELINES
Once you create an event from the link above, you will create an account on our Mobilize page. You will be able to see who RSVP and you will be able to download and communicate with them. Also, every Thursday, Mobilize sends out a weekly email with all events, you must post before 12:00pm each Thursday to ensure that it will go out in time.
There is pre-populated text which we ask you to keep. In the title of the event, please keep "Democratic Candidate Event:" and then enter your event after the colon, and in the body, there is a disclaimer that you are not endorsed by the El Paso County Democratic Party.
If you remove those, we will add them back into the body. If this becomes a repeated issue, we will bar you from posting events.
Also, you can always contact us to post your event for you.