County Commissioner

Background about the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in Primary Elections and elected in General Elections of even years.
  • Independent candidates will only appear on the ballot in the General Election.
  • There are three Commissioners of Butler County.
  • This office will have 1 seat on the ballot in 2018, and 2 seats on the ballot in 2020.
  • Each term is 4 years. (R.C. 305.01)
  • Each term begins on either January 1st, 2nd, or 3rd following the election. (R.C. 305.01)
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What are the requirements to run for County Commissioner?

Candidates for this position must:

  • Live within Butler County. 
  • Be a registered elector of Butler County. 
  • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
How do I run for a Commissioner of Butler County?

  1. Complete petition form 2-G for party affiliated candidates or form 3-H for independent candidates. (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2" x 14" paper)
    • Use the Candidate Petition Guide for Partisan Primary Petitions before circulating your petition to prevent any errors that might disqualify you from the ballot.  
    • Independent and nonpartisan candidates should use the Candidate Petition Guide for nonpartisan petitions.
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures for major party candidates
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates
    • Independent candidates should call Candidate and Ballot Services at (513) 887-3700, ext. 3 for signature requirements.
  3. File petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the Primary election. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
    • Be sure to use the Filing Checklist before filing your petition.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds, must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Butler County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

A candidate must file a candidate's financial disclosure form within the deadlines set by the Ohio Ethics Commission, depending on when a candidate's petitions are certified by the Board of Elections or when their name first appears on the ballot in an election cycle.

Call Candidate and Ballot Services at 513-887-3700, ext. 3 with any questions or for more information.