Becoming A Candidate
A candidate is defined in 97.021(3), Florida Statues, 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 their consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures with a view to bringing about their 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.
County Commission candidates for districts 1-5 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;
If required, one's current position or office must be resigned under the "resigned to run" law (99.012(3), Florida Statutes).
When do I announce my candidacy?
Is its possible to run for a different office after I become a candidate?
Yes, under 106.021(1)(a), Florida Statutes, you may change your mind and run for a different office after becoming a candidate, providing that you do the following:
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