State Candidates

Unless noted, these offices are elected in the Fall General Election (not the Presidential Election). Officials serve four-year terms starting the first Monday of January. A candidate must be a qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office.

    The minimum qualifications to hold an office are:

    • United States Citizenship

    • At least 18 years of age (or older for certain offices)

    • Satisfy residency requirement for specific office

    • May not have been convicted of a felony in any court in the United States unless pardoned of the conviction.

    Also, a candidate may not be disqualified by virtue of one or more of the impediments described in s 6.03, Wis. Stats. 

    These state offices are considered partisan which means that the candidate runs as a representative of a political party.

    • Governor

    • Lieutenant Governor

    • Attorney General

    • Secretary of State

    • State Treasurer

    • Legislative offices:

      • There are 99 Representatives to the Assembly who are elected every two years in the Fall General Election and serve a two-year term starting the first Monday of January. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.

      • There are 33 State Senators who are elected to staggered four-year terms. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.

    • District Attorneys are elected during Presidential Election years.

    These offices are non-partisan which means the candidate does not run as a member of an political party.

    • State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    • Justice of the Supreme Court

    • Court of Appeals Judge

    • Circuit Court Judge

      A qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office. Article V, Section 2, Wis. Constitution.

      A qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office

      A resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office. Article IV, Section 6, Wis. Constitution. 65 Atty. Gen. 165.

      Licensed to practice law in Wisconsin for 5 years immediately prior to the election and a qualified elector of the state, district, or circuit at time of election. Article VII, Sections 7, 10, 24, Wis. Constitution

      Licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and a resident of the prosecutorial unit (county) at the time of taking office. Wis. Stat. § 978.02.

      Registered Write-In Candidates

      To register as a write-in candidate, a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1) must be filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission prior to collecting or spending any money on the campaign. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Friday before the election.