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Local Candidates


Every year, Defiance County elects local, state, and federal officials. In even years, county-wide, state, and federal offices are on the ballot. In odd years, local offices including city, village, township, and school district positions are on the ballot. If you are a Defiance County Democrat running for office, contact the party at for information on party resources and support.


Candidates may find the following resources helpful:

Ohio Candidate Guides — the Guides include information on necessary petition forms, filing requirements, deadlines, etc. for Ohio Candidates
Petitions — petition forms needed for most offices provided by the Ohio Secretary of State
Main Street Initiative — the Ohio Democratic Party’s training program for local candidates
How to Run a Campaign — guidance for running your campaign
More Campaign Guidance — additional considerations for running your campaign

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