DES MOINES, IOWA (February 21, 2020) — The 2020 candidate filing period for state and federal offices in the June 2 primary and November 3 general election begins Monday, February 24 and runs through Friday, March 13 at 5PM. Only candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties will file for the primary elections.

General-election candidates that are unaffiliated or members of Non-Party Political Organizations, with the exception of those running for President, are required to file by March 13.

Candidates can file their nominating petitions and affidavits of candidacy with the Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, either in the Capitol Building or in the Lucas Office Building.

Updated lists of candidates whose papers have been received and accepted will be published to the Iowa Secretary of States’ website,, beginning Tuesday morning. There will be separate lists for primary and general election candidates. Democratic and Republican candidates will not be eligible for the general election until after the June primary.

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