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Qualifications for Filing Candidacy

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Federal Offices
Office Sought Age U.S. Citizen State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Additional Qualifications
President 35 Natural born Citizen 14 years a resident within the United States   4 years from January 20th  
Vice President 35 Natural born Citizen 14 years a resident within the United States   4 years from January 20th  
U.S. Senate 30 9 years Inhabitant of the State at the time of the election   6 years from January 3rd  
U.S. Congress 25 7 years Inhabitant of the State at the time of the election   2 years from January 3rd  

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State Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Additional Qualifications
Governor 30 5 years   4 years from 3rd Wed. in January  
Lt. Governor 30 5 years   4 years from 3rd Wed. in January  
Comptroller       4 years from 3rd Wed. in January  
Attorney General   10 years   4 years Practice law in MD for 10 years
State Senate 25 1 year 6 months 4 years from 2nd Wed. in January  
House of Delegates 21 1 year 6 months 4 years from 2nd Wed. in January  
Circuit Court Judge 30 5 years 6 months 15 years or until the age of 70 Member - Maryland Bar

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County Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Additional Qualifications
County Executive       4 years As specified in local charter
County Council       4 years As specified in local charter
Co. Commissioners       4 years As specified in public local law
County Treasurer       4 years As specified in public local law
State's Attorney     Subdivision 2 years 4 years Member - Maryland Bar
Clerk of the Courts       4 years  
Register of Wills       4 years  
Orphans Court Judge     Subdivision 1 year 4 years  
Sheriff 25 5 years Reside w/in subdivision 4 years  
Board of Education       Vary Contact specific County

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Baltimore City Offices
Office Sought Age City Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Additional Qualifications
Mayor 25 a resident and qualifed voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
City Comptroller 25 a resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
President City Council 25 a resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
Member At Large City Council 21 resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
District Member City Council 21 resident and qualified voter of the district for which you seek office at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  

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Party Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Additional Qualifications
Central Committee       4 years Specified by the Party's bylaws