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Information for Candidates

Federal, State, Multi-County Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Florida Division of Elections

Municipal Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Municipal Clerk

County Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections

(Board of County Commissioners, School Board and Special District Candidates)
 Qualifying Period: NOON, June 18, 2018 – NOON, June 22, 2018 [F.S. 105.031(1)]

     · Please call 727-464-4987 to make an appointment to file your qualifying documents

     · Pre-qualifying papers can be accepted beginning June 4, 2018**

** Florida Statute 99.061(8) states that qualifying papers may be submitted to the qualifying officer up to 14 days prior to the qualifying period. However, the papers will not be processed and filed until the qualifying period actually begins. All papers submitted before the qualifying period are still subject to any and all requirements prescribed in Florida Statute 99.061(7)(a).

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for a Pinellas County public office or have questions about the information listed below, please call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office at                        (727) 464-4987.   

2018 Candidate Qualifying Requirements: 
Board of County Commissioners
County Judge
School Board Member
East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District
Lealman Special Fire Control District
Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District
Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District
Eastlake Oaks Community Development District
Clearwater Cay Community Development District
County Candidate Forms: 
Florida Division of Elections - County Candidate Forms
Florida Commission on Ethics (Form 1 2017) (Form 6 2017)
Candidate Petition (Form DS-DE 104) (Spanish) (Candidate Petition Information)
Affidavit of Undue Burden (Form DS-DE 19A) (Spanish)
Special District Candidate - Affidavit of Intention Form
County Candidate Information:
2018 Candidate Reporting Period Deadlines
2018 Pinellas County Candidate Handbook (Updated January 2018)
Pinellas County Campaign Finance Handbook
County Candidate Petition Information
State Laws and Handbooks:
Florida Election Laws
State Candidate and Campaign Treasurer's Handbook 
State Qualifying Handbook
Federal Qualifying Handbook
Guidelines for Determining When Residency Qualifications for Elected Office Must be Met