Democrats set statewide filing fees for ’16 election candidates

DOVER — The Democratic Party has set the official filing fees for its candidates seeking a statewide or federal office in the 2016 elections.

In a letter sent last week to the state’s election department, party Chairman John Daniello provided the fees for individuals running for governor, lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner or U.S. representative. With the information now submitted, Democratic candidates officially can file for office.

The fees are 1 percent of the office’s aggregate salary. The governor, for instance, makes $171,000 per year. Over four years, that comes out to $684,000. At 1 percent of the total, the fee is $6,840.

Individuals seeking the lieutenant governor’s post must pay $3,162.12 and those running for insurance commissioner have to pay a fee of $4,361.28. Prospective Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have to pay $3,480, as a representative makes $174,000 per year for a two-year term.

So far, Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness is the only individual to officially file. She is running as a Democrat for the office of lieutenant governor.

The Republican Party said it plans to establish the fees around the end of the year, when they are usually submitted. They likely will be set at 1 percent of the aggregate, according to the party.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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