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.
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.
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.
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