To run for a board of education, you must be
- a U.S. citizen,
- at least 18 years old,
- a resident of the state for at least 30 days preceding the election,
- a resident of the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election,
- registered to vote in the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election.
All candidates must file a form with the county board of elections that serves as both a declaration of candidacy and a nominating petition. This must be filed by 4 p.m. on Aug. 4; the filing fee is $30. Before you file, you must obtain valid signatures from registered voters residing in your district. The number of required signatures depends on the type and size of your district. Local and exempted village school districts require 25 signatures. The number of signatures required in city school districts is based on population: fewer than 20,000 requires 25 signatures; 20,000 to 49,999 requires 75 signatures; 50,000 to 99,999 requires 150 signatures; and more than 100,000 requires 300 signatures. Candidates for ESC boards need 50 signatures.
Petitions should be filed at the county board of elections office in the county where the school district is located. Petitions for ESC governing board positions must be filed at the board of elections office in the county where the ESC’s central administrative office is located.
The Ohio School Boards Association is here to help you. We offer candidate training, resources and email reminders of upcoming election dates and requirement. Download the 2019 board candidate brochure and sign up to receive these resources. You also can recommend a community member who would be a good candidate and we will send them an email inviting them to consider becoming a candidate. Please note: Completing an interest form DOES NOT fulfill the requirement to file a candidate petition with your county board of elections. Anyone interested in running for a elected seat on their board of education MUST file a candidate petition with their county board of elections by 4 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2021. If you are unable to file a candidate petition by Aug. 4, you may file a "declaration of intent to to be a write-in candidate" by 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 to be a write-in candidate for a board of education in the Nov. 2 general election. View a fact sheet on filing as a write-in candidate.