What is a candidate?
A candidate is defined in 97.051(5), Florida Statute, 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 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.
However, this definition does not include any candidates for a political party executive committee.
Division of Elections for state, multi-county, district and judicial offices (except county court judges)
Indian River County Supervisor of Elections for county court judge and countywide offices
Municipal Clerk for municipal offices
What is included in the filing process?
To become a candidate, official forms must be filed with the appropriate filing officer.
Form DS-DE 9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates must be filed with the filing officer to become a candidate. This must be filed before opening a campaign account. A candidate may appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository at any time prior to the date the candidate qualified for office.
Form DS-DE 84, Statement of Candidate must be filed with the filing officer within ten (10) days after filing Form DS-DE 9. This form states that the candidate has received, read, and understands the requirements of Chapter 106, Florida Statutes.
A candidate for an office voted upon statewide may appoint not more than 15 deputy campaign treasurers and any other candidate or political committee may appoint not more than 3 deputy campaign treasurers.