Primary elections are held for partisan offices, so
that voters registered with the major parties can choose
their party's representative to the general election.
Candidates who do not belong to a major party qualify
for the general election separately, by filing petitions
with voter signatures. The following are Partisan offices:
- President and Vice President of the US
- Delegate to the House of Representatives
- Mayor of the District of Columbia
- Chairman of the DC Council
- 4 At-Large Members of the DC Council
- 8 Ward Members of the DC Council
- 2 United States Senators
- United States Representative
United States Senator and
The offices of US Senator and US Representative were
created by an Initiative approved by voters in 1980.
These local offices have the same titles as the federal
offices which will exist if the District becomes a state.
The concept of electing senators and representatives
in an effort to achieve statehood originated in Tennessee
in 1796; seven states have used this procedure in gaining
admission to the union. Under DC law, the duties of
the senators and representatives are to inform Congress
that DC residents meet the traditional standards for
achieving statehood; to monitor the progress of DC's
petition to gain statehood; and to advise the District
on matters regarding statehood.
The Senators and Representative are not paid with funds
from the DC budget, but may raise funds from private
sources to cover expenses.
Non partisan Offices
Candidates for Nonpartisan offices do not have their
party affiliation listed on the ballot in the general
election, and no primary elections are held to select
party nominees for these offices. The Non partisan offices
in the District of Columbia are listed below:
- President of the Board of Education
- 4 School District Members of the Board of Education
- 286 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
Commissioners serve two year terms and receive no salary.
Each Commissioner represents approximately 2,000 residents
in his or her Single Member District (SMD) area.