STAN STANART
HARRIS COUNTY CLERK

Candidates & Ethics Campaign Finance

As the local filing authority, I am pleased to make available to county officeholders and candidates the forms needed to comply with campaign and financial disclosure laws.

The County Clerk’s office accepts filings from officeholders and candidates for County Judge, County Commissioner, County Attorney, District Attorney, Sheriff, County Tax Assessor-Collector, County Clerk, District Clerk, County Treasurer, Constable, Justice of the Peace, and County Court or Statutory Probate Court Judge at201 Caroline, 3rd Floor, Room 330, Houston, Texas 77002.

Filers are strongly encouraged to reference the corresponding form instruction guides and pertinent sections of the law when completing the campaign and finan-cial disclosure forms.

For more information about the campaign and financial disclosure process, individuals may visit www.ethics.state.tx.us.

To facilitate and make the campaign and personal financial disclosure form completion process more efficient, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) provides software which may be downloaded and used to create and print the PDF documents required for filing with the County Clerk’s Office.

Who may file with the County Clerk?

County Officeholders and Candidates must file a Semiannual (January and July) Campaign Finance Report with the Harris County Clerk’s Office in accordance with Title 15 of the Texas Election Code.

Filing Notice

The County Clerk is responsible for making campaign finance forms available to filers. But, the County Clerk is not required to send filers notices to file.

Forms To Comply With The Law

  • Candidate/Officeholders Campaign Finance Report Form
  • Judicial Candidate/Officeholders Campaign Finance Report Form

Instruction Guides To Complete Campaign Finance Reports

  • Candidate/Officeholders Instruction Guide
  • Judicial Candidate/Officeholders Instruction Guide

Candidates & Ethics Personal Finance

Every county officer and employee as defined by Chapter 159 of the Local Government Code must file an annual Personal Financial Statement (PFS).

The PFS must be filed by April 30th of each year with the Harris County Clerk’s Communications and Voter Outreach Division at 1001 Preston, 4th Floor, Room. 426.

The County Clerk office is responsible for mailing two copies of the Personal Financial Statement form to the members of the County Commissioner Court, the County Attorney and Justices of the Peace.

It is important to remember that all candidates running for election, including unopposed candidates, must also file a PFS prior to the primary election.

To ensure timely compliance, all persons required to file a PFS should review the Secretary of State’s Filing Schedule for deadlines.

To facilitate and make the campaign and personal financial disclosure form completion process more efficient, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) provides software which may be downloaded and used to create and print the PDF documents required for filing with the County Clerk’s Office.

Who may file a Personal Financial Statement with the County Clerk?

The County Clerk’s office accepts filings from every county officer and employee as defined by Chapter 159 of the Local Government Code including County Judge, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Sheriff, County Tax Assessor-Collector, County Clerk, District Clerk, County Treasurer, Constables, Justices of the Peace, County Civil Court Judges, County Criminal Court Judges and County Probate Court Judges.

Complete Personal Financial Statement

Forms and Instructions

Electronic Filing Personal Finance Reports Forms

Software to Generate RequiredPersonal Financial Statement

Candidates & Ethics Schedules & Forms

The County Clerk's office is responsible for accepting documents filed in accordance with title 15 of the Texas Election Code and Chapter 159 of the Local Government Code.

Filings are considered on time if:

  • Hand-delivered to the Harris County Clerk's Office by the deadline;
  • Deposited with the U. S. Post Office and bear a postmark on or before the deadline [Mailing Address: Office of Harris County Clerk, P.O. Box 1148, Houston, TX 77251-1148]; or
  • Placed in the hands of a com-mon or contract carrier properly addressed with postage and handling charges prepaid and bears a postmark, or receipt mark, of a common or contract carrier indicating a time on or before the deadline.

This Filing Schedule is in PDF form. It provides due dates, types of reports due and who files and the period a report covers.

Filing Schedule for Candidates and Officeholders

This is an interactive Filing Schedule. It provides current and future due dates up to the year 2100, as well as types of reports due and who files and the period a report covers.

TEC Calendar

The Texas Ethics Commission produces all forms needed to comply with state laws pertaining to ethics in elections and government, including forms filed with the local filing authority.

TEC

Candidates & Ethics Seeking Public Office

Qualifications for Office

individual seeking a Federal, State or County office representing one of the major political parties must file for a place on the ballot at the headquarters of their preferred party.

An individual seeking a Federal or State office as an Independent candidate must file for a place on the ballot with the Secretary of State. For more information call 1-800-252-VOTE (8683), 512-463-5650 or visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml

Individual seeking a County office as an Independent candidate must file for a place on the ballot with the Harris County Judge:

  • Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
  • 1001 Preston, Suite 911 Houston, Texas 77002
  • Phone: 713-755-4000
  • Fax: 713-755-8379

An individual seeking a place on the ballot in political subdivision other than the County must file with the designated authority in the political subdivision where the office is being sought. For example, a candidate seeking a position on the Houston City Council must file with the City of Houston’s City Secretary. And, a candidate seeking a position on an Independent School Board must file with the designated authority in that political subdivision.

Individuals who are seeking public office must file Campaign Treasurer Appointments Forms and Campaign Finance Reports with the designated authority in the jurisdictions where they are seeking office. For example, in the City of Houston, the authority would be the City Secretary.

For more information, you can contact:

  • Physical Address
  • Texas Ethics Commission
  • 201 East 14th St., 10th Floor
  • Austin, TX 78701

  • Mailing Address
  • Texas Ethics Commission
  • P. O. Box 12070
  • Austin, TX 78711-2070

  • Website: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us
  • Phone: (512) 463-5800
  • TTD: 1-800-325-8506

By statute, Texas Ethics Commission is the agency responsible for administering and enforcing laws concerning political contributions and expenditures and personal financial disclosure of state officers.

You can also call the Harris County Clerk’s Office at (713) 274-9550.

Candidates & Ethics Search Finance Filings

It is the policy of the Harris County Commissioners Court to encourage open government. In keeping with this policy, you will find on this page access to Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports for various county offices, Conflict of Interest filings, Voluntary Registration of Lobbyists, and Personal Financial Disclosure filings for certain county officials.

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