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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 Lisa Hogan,
Voter Services and Candidate Qualifying Manager at (904) 269-6350


                                            2020 Candidate University Presentation

                                            2020 Candidate Qualifying Fee and Petition Information

                                            2020 Municipal Super Tuesday

                                            Candidate Frequently Asked Questions




 You MUST be a FILED Candidate BEFORE you can:


Open a campaign bank account, Collect petitions, Collect ANY contributions or Make ANY expenditures.







              Who can become a Candidate? (Section 99, F.S.)
      To become a candidate for a Clay County office, you must:
        •  Be a qualified elector (registered voter) of Florida.
        •  Adhere to DE Reference Guide 0008; Guidelines for Determining When Residency
            Qualifications for Elected Office Must be Met.
        •  Write-in candidates must follow requirements of the office sought.
        •  If required, one's current position of office must be resigned under the "resign to run"

            law (99.012(3), F.S.)



     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

   collect petition 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.


Required Paperwork for Filed Candidate Status

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

DS-DE 9 

   Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depositor

 DS-DE 84    Statement of Candidate

   (must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9)

 DS-DE 83    Statement of Candidate (Judicial Candidates ONLY) 

   (must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9)




   Verifies that the candidate understands the requirement to file campaign financial reports online    

   (must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9)




  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. 2020 Candidate Qualifying Fee and Petition Information

 Required Paperwork for Qualified Candidate Status

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

     DS-DE 301SL  

 Candidate Oath - State and Local Partisan Office

  Check applicable one:

  Candidate with party affiliation

   Candidate with no party affiliation

   Write-in candidate

DS-DE 302NP  Candidate Oath - Nonpartisan Office
      DS-DE 303JU    

 Candidate Oath - Judicial Office

  Check box only if you are seeking to qualify as a write-in candidate: 

   Write-in candidate

DS-DE 304SB  Candidate Oath - School Board Nonpartisan Office
 DS-DE 305CM  Candidate Oath - Committeemen and Committeewomen

   Check applicable one:

    Precinct Committeeman or Committeewoman

    District Committeeman or Committeewoman

    State Committeeman or Committeewoman

      Form 1 or

       Form 6

 Statement of Financial Interest or Full & Public Disclosure of Financial Interests    





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