An individual interested in becoming a candidate for a position on the Board of the Harris County Department of Education files an application for a place on the Primary Election ballot with the county chair of the appropriate party (or files a declaration of intent to run as an independent candidate with the county judge) along with a filing fee of $750 (Section 172.024(a)(17) of the Texas Election Code) or a petition in lieu of filing fee.
Click on the URL below for the application for a place on the ballot; for the declaration of intent; or for the petition form.
Petition in lieu of filing fee
The petition in lieu of filing fee must comply with the provisions set forth in Section 141.061-.070 of the Texas Election Code. Under Section 172.025 of the Texas Election Code, the minimum number of signatures that must appear on the petition for a district, county, or precinct office is the lesser of (1) 500 or (2) 2% of the number of votes received in the district, county, or precinct, as applicable, by all the candidates for governor in the most recent gubernatorial general election, unless that number is under 50 (in which case, a second computation must be done). Should that number be less than 50, prospective candidates should contact the Texas Secretary of State’s office for specific guidance.