U.S. Representative (CT-5)

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jan 02, 2020 - Aug 05, 2020

Description

There are 435 U.S. Representatives in the United States that comprise the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the United States Congress. U.S. Representatives are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing congressional committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). Federal funding bills originate in the House of Representative, and the House of Representatives is responsible for carrying out impeachment proceedings. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Representatives have offices in Washington D.C. and their home districts to address concerns of citizens in their districts. The yearly salary for a United States Congressional Representative is $174,000.

Application Guidelines
To run as an unaffiliated (independent) candidate in Connecticut you must gather signatures from qualified electors to get on the ballot. The first thing a candidate should do is confirm with the Connecticut Secretary of State that their address is located in the district that they looking to run in. Candidates must also obtain an Application for Nominating Petition which can be mailed to the candidate or downloaded from the Connecticut Secretary of State webpage (sots@ct.gov). Additionally, Candidates must follow Connecticut campaign finance laws and filings. Candidates may start collecting signatures on the first business day of the year they are looking to compete in, and the petition must be submitted to the Connecticut Secretary of State office or the town clerk in which they reside 90 days prior to the election by 4pm (August 8, 2018). The amount of signatures can be either one percent of the total amount of votes cast for the same office in the preceding election, or 7,500, whichever is lesser. Running for office in Connecticut can be complicated so we strongly encourage candidates to contact the Secretary of State office as soon as interested in running at (860) 509-6100. Please note: If you plan to run as part of a major or minor party, the filing deadlines are earlier. Please contact your local party headquarters for more details.

Submit application to:
Connecticut Secretary of State, 210 Capitol Ave #104, Hartford, CT, 06106, US