Running for Office

Office Fact Sheets - If you're interested in running for office in 2014 or 2015, or just want to see which offices will be up for election, please click here.

Required Forms - To become a candidate for elected office, you must file form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, before accepting any contributions or making any campaign expenditures. You may not collect petitions until form DS-DE9 is filed with your filing officer. Within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9, you must file form DS-DE84, Statement of Candidate. Candidates for Judicial Office must within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9 also file form DS-DE83, Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office.

Other Required Forms - Find the other Forms you will need to file during your candidacy.

City of Tampa Election Information - To review a fact sheet on the 2015 offices up for election in the City of Tampa, please click here.  The petition collection period is August 25, 2014 through January 2, 2015. The candidate qualifying period is January 12 - 16, 2015.   

2014 Qualifying Information - Qualifying for federal, judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates  began noon, April 28th, and ended noon, May 2nd, 2014. Qualifying for all other offices began noon, June 16, and ended noon, June 20th. Qualifying paperwork can be submitted up to 14 days prior to the qualifying period, but is not processed until the start of qualifying. Qualifying Packets became available one month prior to the qualifying period.

Qualifying By Fee -
Hillsborough County Qualifying Fees. Qualifying fees are due the week of qualifying.

Qualifying By Petition - Get information on Qualifying by Petition in Hillsborough County. The State of Florida provides a Candidate Petition Handbook for additional reference. When collecting petitions, you must use the Candidate Petition Form prescribed by the Florida Division of Elections. Petitions for 2014 judicial candidates were due no later than noon, March 31, 2014. Petitions for all other 2014 offices were due by noon, May 19, 2014.

Helpful Publications - There are several helpful Publications, developed by the State Division of Elections, to help guide you through your candidacy. As a candidate, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these publications. Please review the Candidate and Treasurer Handbook and Florida Election Laws.

Financial Reports - Candidates filing form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, are required to file financial reports. The Florida Division of Elections provides a list of 2014 Candidate Reporting Dates and 2014 Political Party Executive Committees Reporting Dates. The 2014 Candidate Reporting Dates for City of Tampa Candidates is also available. Local candidates, please review the Online Financial Report Manual. All reports filed with our office are submitted electronically and do not require a hard copy.

Complaints & Appeals - Think someone is violating Election Law? Get information about the Florida Elections Commission and the complaint process.

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections regarding business constitute public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Therefore, your e-mail address and message may be subject to public disclosure.