Candidate FAQ

GPTX needs candidates & campaigns to build party networks & public awareness. Becoming a candidate is more complicated than simply signing up to run, however. There is specific range of dates to submit your application, which for 2020 must be accompanied by filing fees or valid signatures on the official petition sheets (not yet available).

  • The filing fees range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the office sought.
  • The number of signatures required in lieu of a filing fee ranges from 500 to 5,000, depending on the office sought. For districted offices, the signatures must come from voters registered within that district.

Why should I run as a Green candidate?
I am interested in running as a Green candidate. What should I do?
What do I need to do to become a candidate?
As a candidate, what will I need to do?
As a candidate, what will I need not to do?
What support can I expect from the party?
Will my name appear on the primary election ballot?
Will my name appear on the general election ballot?
What is the role of the Campaign Manager?
What are some basic campaign activities?
How should candidates interface with and build the Green Party in Texas?
GPTX cannot offer...

Why should I run as a Green candidate?

Greens believe the duopoly parties will never support our mission to put people, peace, and planet over profit. Though countless astro-turf organizations spring up to offer change, only the Greens have committed clearly in their platform to the people’s issues and to maintaining a ballot line for their advocacy. If you are committed to maintaining this independent voice, and are prepared to demand that this point of view have a place on the ballot, you may be a good Green candidate!

I am interested in running as a Green candidate. What should I do?

Consider what office you might want to run for, its qualifications, potential opponents, and other pertinent details. Review the party platform so that you are aware of any areas of disagreement. If you still feel running as a Green would be a good fit, please complete our Green Screen candidate survey. A member of our candidate development committee will then contact you to further facilitate the candidate recruitment & screening process. GPTX has regained ballot access through 2026, so now is a perfect time to help the party grow by representing as a candidate.

What do I need to do to become a candidate?

Depending upon the office you wish to seek, you will need to file a candidate application with the appropriate election authority during the legally specified filing period. For the November 2020 general election, the filing period will be from November 9 to December 9, 2019. County and local elections will operate on different schedules, so please check all details with your local election authority.

In addition to filing your candidate application, you will need to appoint a campaign treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission or your local election authority in order to begin to operate your campaign. The candidate may not serve as treasurer. Federal candidates are subject to Federal Elections Commission reporting requirements.

Candidate campaigns will also be required either to (a) pay a filing fee to the state of Texas or (b) submit petition signatures in lieu of the fee, with amounts and details to be specified by the Texas Secretary of State's office. The amount of the filing fee or signatures on a petition for candidacy varies according to the office sought. For example:

  • Statewide offices, including US Senator, require $5,000 or 5,000 signatures of registered Texas voters.
  • State legislative positions require only $500 or 500 signatures of voters registered within the district.

Signatures must come from registered Texas voters in order to be considered valid. See Section 172.022 of the Texas Election Code for more detailed information. See this page for a link to the application to run as a Green or Libertarian candidate and other helpful information.

As a candidate, what will I need to do?

Beyond your initial campaign treasurer appointment, application, & filing fee or petition, you will need to provide campaign basics such as contact information, website & social media, and basic responsiveness to press and scheduling inquiries. A campaign manager is recommended to help you operate your campaign.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: You must submit accurate financial reporting statements to your county clerk or the Secretary of State's office, depending on the position sought, by the deadlines specified. This is true even if you raise or spend no money for your campaign. You and your treasurer are solely responsible for your campaign & all regulatory reporting requirements—and by responsible we mean liable for very harsh fines (thousands of dollars) for missing those deadlines.

As a candidate, what will I need not to do?

Per the State Election Code, you must not vote in any other party's primary election or participate in any other party's nominating conventions as a delegate.

Per the Green Party's rules and expectations, you must not misrepresent or act against the values and policy positions of the Party.

What support can I expect from the party?

GPTX will offer campaign guidance materials from GPUS, assistance with refining messaging, and connection with other party members & resources. Beyond this, GPTX can not promise concrete support. Support drawn from the party will largely be based on the strength of the party in your area, so as candidates the hope is that you will take a leading role in calling Greens in your area together & strengthening the party organization. We need you to help us help you!

Will my name appear on the primary election ballot?

No. In Texas, Greens are a convention nominating party & do not appear on the primary election ballot. Nominating conventions take place in March, after the major parties have their primary elections.

In order to participate in the Green Party nominating conventions, whether as a delegate or a candidate, you must bring your voter registration card to prove that you have not voted in another party's primary, as indicated by the lack of a party stamp.

What does the convention nominating process entail?

The Green Party of Texas is officially designated as a convention-nominating party. Unlike the Republican and Democratic Parties, it does not hold statewide primary elections.

The convention nominating process is stipulated in Texas Election Code & GPTX by-laws, but in general terms, Green voters are given an opportunity to approve a slate of candidates on the precinct convention date in March 2020. Delegates are elected to subsequent county, district, and state conventions, ultimately resulting in the nomination of our GPTX slate of candidates.

  • Nominees for county offices, or for legislative positions with districts entirely within one county, are selected at county conventions.
  • Nominees for multi-county legislative districts and the State Board of Education are selected at special district conventions.
  • Nominees for statewide offices, including US Senator, are selected at the state conventions.

Will my name appear on the general election ballot?

Yes, if the party nominates you at the appropriate convention.

What is the role of the Campaign Manager?

  • Help organize the campaign
  • Help schedule speaking engagements & voter outreach
  • Coordinate volunteers (*opportunity for party building)
  • Respond to inquiries from voters and the media
  • Help with messaging & strategy

What are some basic campaign activities?

  • Seek out Forums & other public speaking opportunities
  • Approach community organizations to request endorsements
  • Coordinate volunteers & party for voter outreach (block walking, phone banking, literature distribution, event tabling & voter registration*)
  • Deliver the Green Party's overall message to the public

How should candidates interface with and build the Green Party in Texas?

  • Cooperate to email contacts from GPTX database in their district
  • Literature (party brochure & 10kv cards to start)
  • Develop short issues speech
  • Web/social media presence
  • Awareness of Texas Ethics Commission or other regulatory reporting requirements

GPTX cannot offer...

  • any guaranteed financial support
  • any guaranteed volunteer support

GPTX does not have a local presence in many areas, so candidates and campaigns must be prepared to become the foundation that local parties form around. Additional training is available for party volunteers on specifics of interfacing with GPTX’s Nationbuilder and other systems.

Disclaimer: Compiled information is drawn from the Texas Secretary of State and Texas Ethics Commission websites as well as state electoral code and is subject to individual verification and/or subsequent correction. No warranty is expressed or implied nor legal advice given. All responsibility related to candidacies will reside with individual candidates and their designated treasurers under the relevant legal jurisdictions.


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  • Donald Palmer
    published this page in Resources 2019-07-03 08:57:08 -0500