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States’ Rules on Civil Service Employees Running for Office

States that place no restrictions on employees running for office (partisan or nonpartisan) (other than using no state resources including state time):

Alabama
California
Colorado
Delaware
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Massachusetts
Montana
Nevada
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

States where an employee must resign from his job upon becoming a candidate for a partisan election, but not for a nonpartisan election:

Alaska
Florida
Idaho
Ohio
Oklahoma

States that say an employee must take a leave of absence to run for any partisan office:

Connecticut
Kentucky*
Michigan
Pennsylvania
Wisconsin


* Kentucky stipulates partisan or paid office

States that say an employee must take a leave of absence upon becoming a candidate to a local partisan or nonpartisan office, and must resign upon becoming a candidate for a state or federal office:

West Virginia

States that say an employee must take a leave of absence to run for any public office:

Arizona*
Louisiana

*Arizona stipulates any paid public

office

Exceptions:

Georgia is in a class by itself. Rules in Georgia depend on the agencies involved. However, state law protects the employees’ right to run for local office as long as the office is not full time.