Maryland State House of Delegates

Requirements to run for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and General Assembly

Requirements to run for…

… Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and General Assembly

To run for State office – whether for the State Senate, the State House of Delegates, Attorney General, Comptroller or Governor – candidates must meet certain requirements that are laid out in the Maryland Constitution. These requirements have been established to ensure that candidates have a sufficient connection to the Your State and its citizens. Here are the criteria for each office:

Office of Maryland governor

Governor

To run for Governor of Maryland, a candidate must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Age: Must be at least 30 years old.
  • Residency: Must have been a resident and registered voter of Maryland for at least five years immediately preceding the election.
  • Term of Office: The term for the Governor is four years, beginning on the third Wednesday in January after the election​​.

The age and residency requirements aim to ensure that the candidate has sufficient life experience and an established connection to the state of Maryland.

Maryland Attorney General

Attorney General

To run for Attorney General in Maryland, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Residency: Must have resided in Maryland for at least 10 years.
  • Legal Practice: Must have practiced law in the state of Maryland for at least 10 years.
  • Term of Office: The term for the Attorney General is four years​​.

These requirements are designed to ensure that the Attorney General, as the chief legal officer of the state, has a significant amount of legal experience within Maryland and a strong understanding of its laws and judicial system.

Office of the Maryland Comptroller

Comptroller

Typically, candidates for statewide executive offices like Comptroller would be expected to meet certain age and residency requirements, and possibly have relevant experience in finance or government, but for the exact requirements, it would be best to consult the Maryland State Board of Elections or the state’s election statutes. If you need more detailed information, I can perform another search to find specific eligibility criteria for the Comptroller position in Maryland.

State house of Delegates

State House of Delegates

To run for the Maryland State House of Delegates, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Age: Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Residency: Must have been a resident of Maryland for at least one year prior to the election.
  • District Residency: Must have been a resident of the legislative district they wish to represent for at least six months prior to the election.
  • Term of Office: The term of office is four years, beginning on the second Wednesday in January following the election​​.

These requirements ensure that candidates have a connection to the community they wish to represent and have reached a level of maturity and experience considered appropriate for a legislative role.

State Senate

To run for the Maryland State Senate, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Age: Must be at least 25 years old.
  • State Residency: Must have been a resident of Maryland for at least one year prior to the election.
  • District Residency: Must have been a resident of the senatorial district from which they are elected for at least six months prior to the election.
  • Term of Office: Once elected, a State Senator serves a term of four years, which begins on the second Wednesday in January following the election​​.

These requirements are in place to ensure that the candidates have a substantial connection to the communities they represent and possess a suitable level of maturity and experience.

More information at the Board of Elections Website

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