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Running for Office

The information provided below is a BRIEF overview of what it takes to become a candidate.
Requirements may vary depending on the specific office for which you seek to qualify.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Kemie Mahan,
Voter Services Manager and Candidate Qualifying Officerat (904) 269-6350

2024 Candidate Filing Packet
2024 CDD Filing Packet
Candidate Frequently Asked Questions

A candidate must file before:

  • Opening a campaign account
  • Collecting petitions
  • Accepting contributions
  • Making any expenditures

Who can become a Candidate? (Section 99, F.S.)

To become a candidate for a Clay County office, you must:

What is a Candidate? (Sections 97.021(6), or 106.011(3), F.S.)

"Candidate" means a person to whom any one or more of the following applies:

  • Any person who seeks to qualify for nomination or election by means of the petitioning process.
  • Any person who seeks to qualify for election as a write-in candidate.
  • Any person who receives contributions or makes expenditures, or gives his or her consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures, with a view to bringing about his or her nomination or election to, or retention in, public office.
  • Any person who appoints a treasurer and designates a primary depository.
  • Any person who files qualification papers and subscribes to a candidate's oath as required by law.

This definition does not include any candidate for a political party executive committee.

Candidate Status

Announced Candidate:

Any person who has made a public statement of intent to run for public office. This person MAY NOT collectpetition signatures, open a checking account, accept any contributions or expend funds until he/she becomes a FILED CANDIDATE.

Filed Candidate:

Any person who has appointed a campaign treasurer, designated a campaign depository for the purpose of depositing campaign contributions, and files for DS-DE 9 (Appointment of Campaign Treasurer) with the filing officer. After the DS-DE 9 has been officially filed with the filing officer, this person MAY collect signatures, open a checking account, accept contributions or expend funds.

Candidate Filing Paperwork

(Sections, 106.021, 106.023, and 105.031, F.S.)

DS-DE 9 - Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates
DS-DE 83 - Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office (must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9)
DS-DE 84 - Statement of Candidate (must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9)
Candidate Acknowledgement

Qualified Candidate:

Any person who files all of the required forms with the Supervisor of Elections during the one week qualifying period and either pays the qualifying fee or qualifies by petition method. Candidate's name is printed on the ballot.

Candidate Qualifying Paperwork

(Sections, 106.021, 106.023, and 105.031, F.S.)

Candidate Oaths

Financial Disclosure Forms