Nevada Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Mar 07, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022


The Governor of the State of Nevada is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Nevada. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms. The governor is commander-in-chief of the state military forces. The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions. The governor has the power to veto bills from the Nevada State Legislature. The legislature can override a veto by a two-thirds majority vote in both the Assembly and the Senate. Law-enforcement powers include the ability to grant pardons, commute sentences and remiss fines and forfeitures, as well as serving as the commander-in-chief of the military forces in the state, except when they are called into service of the United States. Only the governor may call a special session of the legislature, wherein the legislature cannot introduce, consider or pass any bills except those related to the business for which the legislature has been specially convened and those necessary to provide for the expenses of the session. The governor also has power to adjourn the legislature in case of a disagreement between the two Houses with respect to the time of adjournment. The salary for this position is $149,573/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including petition requirements, a filing fee, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Inquire into primary election details if you plan to run as a partisan candidate. Next file these papers with the county clerk or the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office depending on the type of district you plan to run in. If the district encompasses a single part of a county, you will file with the county. If the district has parts of multiple counties you will file with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office. If you plan to run as an independent you must gain a stipulated amount of petition signatures that varies by office. These signatures must be submitted to be certified by county clerks or the appropriate election officials 10 business days before the end of the filing window. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the required signatures or filing fee by the filing window deadline to the applicable election official in order to appear on the primary or general election ballot in November. The filing window is from the first Monday in March until the second Friday following the first Monday in March. The Nevada Secretary of State's Office, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns, can be reached at (775)-684-5708. If you live in Clark County, the Clark County Registrar of Voters can be reached by phone at (702)-455-6552. It is recommended that any potential candidates read the applicable parts of the Clark County Candidate Guide before attempting to file:

Submit application to:
Nevada Secretary of State, 101 North Carson St, Carson City, NV, 89701, US