What papers do I file to run for office?
Candidates must file the two forms listed below prior to officially qualifying:
DS/DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository. This form must be filed with the appropriate qualifying officer prior to the acceptance of any contribution or the expenditure of any funds by the candidate, including expenses by the candidate from his or her own personal funds.
DS/DE 84 Statement of Candidate. This form must be filed with the qualifying officer within 10 days of having filed the DS/DE 9 above.
Once a candidate has filed the DS/DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository, the qualifying officer will notify the candidate and his or her treasurer of the reporting dates for Campaign Treasurer's Reports. These reports show who contributed money to the candidate and how the candidate spent the money. They, too, are filed with the qualifying officer. The qualifying officer can guide the candidate on which forms to file.
Where to File
- The federal office
- The state attorney
- The public defender
- The judicial office
- state office
- multicounty district office
- county office
- school board office
- any other district office
the qualifying period is from noon of the 71st day prior to the primary election, but not later than noon of the 67th day prior to the primary election.
- The qualifying officer for a statewide or multi-county candidate is the Division of Elections in Tallahassee.
- The qualifying officer for all county candidates is the Supervisor of Elections.
- The qualifying officer for municipal candidates is the City/Town Clerk, candidates for municipal offices should verify qualifying dates with appropriate municipality.