Important information for those individuals considering running for public office.
Official Location and Email Address for Filing Qualifying Documents:
1898 E. Burleigh Blvd
Tavares, FL 32778
Who is the Qualifying Officer?
The qualifying officer for all county candidates is the Supervisor of Elections.
The qualifying officer for a statewide or multi-county candidate is the Division of Elections in Tallahassee.
The qualifying officer for municipal candidates is the City/Town Clerk.
Please consult the appropriate qualifying officer for the office that you are considering. A qualifying officer is your best resource for candidate qualifying information. They can provide guidance to those who wish to know more about the process of becoming a candidate.
Becoming a Candidate
A candidate is defined in 97.021(4), Florida Statutes , as any person to whom any one or more of the following applies:
- Any person who seeks to qualify for nomination or election by means of a 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; or
- Any person who files qualification papers and subscribes to a candidate's oath as required by law.
However, this definition does not include any candidate for a political party executive committee.
For those wishing to become a candidate, they must meet the following criteria:
- Meet residency and registration requirements in accordance with Florida Statutes; Judicial candidates must be a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years;
- Are not a registered member of another political party other than the one under which they are filing/qualifying;
- Hasn't been a candidate for nomination for any other political party for a period of six months preceding the general election.
- County Commission candidates must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of being elected to office;
- School Board candidates must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of qualifying;
- County Judges must reside in the county at the time of assuming office;
- County Constitutional Officers must reside in the county at the time of assuming office;
- If required, one's current position or office must be resigned under the "resign to run" law by the appropriate deadlines (99.012(3), Florida Statutes ).