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County Judge - 2022 Candidate Qualifying Requirements

Group #

Incumbent

Salary

Qualifying Period

Qualifying Officer

 Group 1

John D. Carballo

$156,377
The qualifying fee is based on the salary as of July 1, 2021.

 

NOON, April 25, 2022 - NOON, April 29, 2022

Pre-qualifying papers will be accepted beginning

April 11, 2022

 

Julie Marcus

Supervisor of Elections

Pinellas County, FL

13001 Starkey Rd.

Largo, FL 33773

(727) 464-4987

Group 4

Holly Grissinger

Group 6

Paul A. Levine

Group 8

Theodora “Dora” Komninos

Group 9

Brett Szematowicz

Group 11

Joseph Lawhorne

Group 12

Dorothy L. Vaccaro

Group 13

Kathleen T. Hessinger 

Term of Office

Election Dates

Type of Election

6 Years - Beginning January 2023

  • Primary Election – August 23, 2022
  • General Election – November 8, 2022 (Runoff, if necessary)

Nonpartisan -  Elected Countywide

Residency /Additional Requirements

  • A registered Florida voter. [F.S. 99.021]
  • Member in good standing of the Florida Bar for the last five years. [Florida Constitution, Article 5, Section 8]
  • All judicial candidates facing opposition will be expected to personally participate in a Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum. [Supreme Court of Florida - Canon 7]

The material contained in this information sheet is not comprehensive in nature. If you are running for office, it is your responsibility to become acquainted with relevant Florida election laws that might have a bearing on your campaign or qualifications to run for office.

 

Candidate Qualifying Methods

Qualifying Period: NOON, April 25, 2022 - NOON, April 29, 2022 [F.S. 99.061]

  • Please email [email protected] or call (727) 464-4987 to make an appointment to file your qualifying documents
  • Pre-qualifying papers will be accepted beginning April 11, 2022

      F.S. 99.061(8) states that qualifying papers may be submitted to the qualifying officer beginning 14 days prior to the qualifying period.

Judicial Candidate Qualifying by Fee [F.S. 105.031(3)]

  • The qualifying fee is 4% of the salary of the office as of July 1, 2021 ($6,255.08)
  • Campaign check made payable to Julie Marcus, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections
  • Campaign check to pay qualifying fee can only be accepted during the Pre-Qualifying or Qualifying Period

Judicial Candidate Qualifying by Petition [F.S. 105.035]

  • Deadline to submit petitions: PRIOR to NOON, March 28, 2022
  • Candidates must collect signatures of 1% (or 7,112 valid signatures) of the registered voters residing in the district or the county as of the last general election, November 6, 2020.
  • Petition Form - DS-DE 104 can be found here
  • Signature verification fee of $0.10 per petition must be paid when petitions are submitted

Write-In Candidates [F.S. 99.061(4)(b)]

  • Names of write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot

Missing or Incomplete Information [F.S. 99.061(7)]

  • If the filing officer receives qualifying papers during the qualifying period which do not include all items required prior to the last day of qualifying, the filing officer shall make a reasonable effort to notify the candidate of the missing or incomplete items and shall inform the candidate that all required items must be received by the close of qualifying. 
  • A candidate’s name as it is to appear on the ballot may not be changed after the end of qualifying. The filing officer performs a ministerial function in reviewing qualifying papers. In determining whether a candidate is qualified, the filing officer shall review the qualifying papers to determine whether all items required have been properly filed and whether each item is complete on its face, including whether items that must be verified have been properly verified pursuant to F.S. 92.525(1)(a). The filing officer may not determine whether the contents of the qualifying papers are accurate.  
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Julie Marcus
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

13001 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL 33773

Hours

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (727) 464-VOTE (8683)
Fax: (727) 464-6239
Email: [email protected]
Mail Ballots: [email protected]

F.S. 668.6076 Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. To submit a public records request: [email protected]