Election Information for Prospective ANC Candidates
Beginning Monday, July 9, 2018, the Board of Elections will give out nomination petitions for the next ANC elections. Interested candidates will then have until 5:00 pm (not 5:01!) on Wednesday, August 8th, to return the petitions with the signatures of (at least) 25 registered voters who also live in the Single Member District (SMD) that they wish to represent. And on November 6th, Election Day, the voters will make their selection. The winning candidates will take office after noon on January 2nd once they are sworn in.
Candidates must go to the Board personally to pick up their petitions, or send a representative to pick them up. (If you send a representative, you will need to give your representative a letter authorizing them to pick up the petitions on your behalf.) In addition to the petitions, the Board will also give the candidates a list of the registered voters who live in their SMD and a map of the SMD's boundaries. Candidates will also need to file a "Declaration of Candidacy". You can file this form when you pick up the petitions, or you can file it when you turn in your petitions, but you must file it before the August 8th deadline if you wish to have your name on the November 6th ballot.
The Board is located at a new location at 1015 Half Street SE in suite 750. Their phone number is (202) 727-2525. You can also pick up a lot of useful information by visiting the DC Board of Elections and Ethics website.
There are a few simple rules governing raising and spending campaign funds by ANC candidates. The Office of Campaign Finance provides information about the rules on their website.
You may also contact the Office of ANCs (Oanc@dc.gov or (202) 727-9945) for additional information.
Finally, the qualifications for running for ANC are also quite simple. You must be a registered voter and have lived in your SMD for 60 days before submitting your nomination petitions (in other words you must have begun living in your SMD by June 9th of this year).