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Qualifying for DSCC and DPEC Seats

Basic Information:

  • The next qualifying period for Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) and Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC) seats will be in December 2019.
  • Qualify at your local Clerk of Court Office.
  • You must be 18 years old by the time of the election, a registered Democrat to run, and live in the district you will represent.
  • Election Day for DSCC members and DPECs will be March 5, 2016.
  • There are two DSCC seats in each state legislative district, one for a male and one for a female.
  • For parishes other than Orleans and Jefferson, there is one DPEC seat per Council or Police Jury district and an additional five “At Large” seats.
  • DSCC Qualifying Fee:  $112.50
  • DPEC Qualifying Fee:  $112.50
  • Each Clerk of Court can establish their own rules for how to pay your qualifying fee. We suggest calling first to verify or taking cash to be safe.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Can I run for both the DSCC and DPEC?
A:  Yes, but you must pay the qualifying fee for each one.

Q:  Does this make me a delegate to the presidential convention?
A:  No. Delegates to the presidential nominating convention are determined through a completely separate, unrelated process.

Q:  How do I get access to the Voter File? What is the cost?
A:  Once you have qualified, you can be granted access to Voter File information for the duration of the election for a special one-time $50 fee. Sign up here. 

Q:  How can I find out who else is running in my district?
A:  The Secretary of State’s website is updated at the end of each day during the qualifying period.

Q:  Do I need to file campaign finance reports for any money I raise or spend?
A:  No. According to the Ethics Administration, money raised or spent for DSCC or DPEC races does not need to be reported.