Writing:List of candidates in a state legislative election overview article

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write the "List of candidates" section of a state legislative election overview article.

Generally, you will not create this section of the article until the signature-filing deadline has elapsed in a particular state.

  • The section should be labeled "List of candidates."
  • This section should then include subsections labeled by the name of the relevant district. (Here's an example.)
  • Under each district heading, you should:
  • List all candidates who filed for that seat, including minor party and independent candidates.
  • Wiki-link to the name of the incumbent, if the incumbent is a candidate. You will probably want to have a tab open to Ballotpedia's template that lists the incumbents for the particular chamber.
  • Use "R" and "D," etc., to identify the partisan affiliation of candidates.

On this page you will find sample templates that can be copy and pasted when starting a list of candidates.

Partisan affiliations

List of political parties in the United States

American Independent : American Independent Party
Limeslashed.png : Alaskan Independence Party
Orangeslashed.png : Bull Moose Party
Conservative Party : Conservative Party
Constitution Party : Constitution Party
Democratic Party : Democratic Party
Green Party : Green Party
Goldslashed.png : Happiness Party
Independence Party of America : Independence Party
Independent : Independent (No party affiliation)
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada : Independent American Party
Libertarian Party : Libertarian Party
Cyan.png  : Lower Taxes Party
Moderate Party : Moderate Party
Green Party#Mountain Party : Mountain Party
Peace and Freedom Party : Peace and Freedom Party
Progressive Party  : Progressive Democratic Party
Lime2.png : Progressive Party (Vermont)
Reform Party : Reform Party
Republican Party : Republican Party
Darkbrown2.png  : Senior Side Party
Tea Party : Tea Party
Working Families Party : Working Families Party


After you review the list of those running for office, calculate how many incumbents are running for re-election and include a summary statement about that in your introduction.

Research skill

  • To complete this section, you'll need to be able to find official candidate lists on state election websites.

Incumbent templates

State senators

State reps

See also

External links