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Running for Office

Most first-time candidates, and many experienced candidates, have questions about the process of running for office. To address some of those questions, what follows is an explanation of some of the basics of becoming a candidate. By no means is this meant to be a comprehensive explanation of everything a candidate needs to know. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Lisa Hogan, Voter Services and Candidate Qualifying Manager at (904) 269-6350.

Please view the Candidate Frequently Asked Questions page

 

BECOMING A CANDIDATE

To begin the process of becoming a candidate, you may come to the Supervisor of Elections office to pick up a Candidate Filing Information Packet.  This packet contains the required forms, information on filing reports electronically, a list of qualifying fees and petition information. 

 

WHAT TO FILE

    Form DS-DE 9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates, is the first document that must be filed with the filing officer to become a candidate. The DS-DE 9 must be filed before any contributions are received, any expenditures are made, and any signatures are obtained on a candidate petition.

    Form DS-DE 84, Statement of Candidate, must be filed with the filing officer within 10 days after filing Form DS-DE 9. This form states that the candidate has been provided access to read and understand the requirements of Chapter 106, F.S.

    Form DS-DE 83, Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office, must be filed by each candidate for judicial office, including an incumbent judge, within 10 days after filing Form DS-DE 9.

    Candidate Acknowledgement verifies that you understand candidates are required to file campaign finance reports through the electronic filing system.

 

QUALIFYING FOR OFFICE

Qualifying is a one-week period in which candidates are required, by law, to file additional forms in order to have their name placed on the ballot.  The Supervisor of Elections office may accept qualifying papers up to 14 days prior to the qualifying period but they will not be processed until the qualifying period begins.

    2018 DATES FOR CANDIDATE QUALIFYING:

    State and Local Candidates: begins NOON, June 18, 2018, and ends NOON, June 22, 2018.
    Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning June 4, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061(8), F.S.

    Federal and Judicial Candidates: begins NOON, April 30, 2018, and ends NOON, May 4, 2018.
    Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning April 16, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061(8) F.S.

    QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS:

        Candidate Oath

        Financial Disclosure Form (Form 1 or Form 6)

        Qualifying Fee (must be paid with Campaign check) or Alternative Method Petition Certification

Note: Candidates must pay a qualifying fee or file by the petition process, unless filing as a write-in candidate.

Please view the Qualifying Fee and Petition Information for 2018 here.