Steps to Become a Candidate in an Upcoming Election

Thank you for taking an active interest in the electoral process. We have provided the information on this page as a helpful resource to individuals who are interested in learning more about running for public office in Sumter County.  These resources should provide you with answers to the many questions you may have.  If you are considering running for public office in Sumter County, please contact our Candidate Qualifying Clerk at 352-569-1540 (Select (1) for Directory, then (2) for Candidates) to schedule an appointment to discuss the steps necessary to file and qualify for public office in Sumter County.  

REQUEST Information

Please complete our online Candidate Info Request Form to have helpful information and resources emailed to you.  Or, if you prefer, please contact our Candidate Qualifying Clerk by calling 352-569-1540 (Select (1) for Directory, then (2) for Candidates)

REVIEW the Resources on this Page

If you plan on running for office, it is your responsibility to become acquainted with and to follow relevant Florida Election Laws that might have a bearing on your campaign or qualifications to run for office.  We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the information provided in the Resource Section below.

OFFICIAL QUALIFYING OFFICE 

All candidates are required to qualify during the qualifying period at the Official Qualifying Office located at 7375 Powell Road, Suite 125, Wildwood, Florida 34785
For additional information please contact the Candidate Qualifying Clerk at 352-569-1540 (Select (1) for Directory, then (2) for Candidates)


For an updated list of local, state & federal candidates who are running in the upcoming election cycle Go to our information page 

 


IMPORTANT DATES

Noon, May 11, 2020 - Petition submission deadline (State/County)

For Local County Candidates - Constitutional, Commissioners, School Board, Special Districts, State Senator, State Representative (Pursuant to Florida Statute 99.095)

MAY 26, 2020 - "Pre"qualifying paperwork submission (STATE/COUNTY)

For Local County Candidates - Constitutional, Commissioners, School Board, Cities, Special Districts, State Senator, State Representative (Pursuant to Florida Statute 99.061(8)) qualifying paperwork may be accepted & held 2 weeks prior to qualifying period.)

MAY 29, 2020 - resign to run deadline (STATE/COUNTY)

For Local County Candidates - Constitutional, Commissioners, School Board, Cities, Special Districts, State Senator, State Representative (Pursuant to Florida Statute 99.012) 

noon, june 8, 2020 - noon june 12, 2020 - QUALIFYING (STATE/COUNTY)

For Local County Candidates - Constitutional, Commissioners, School Board, Cities, Special Districts (other than Judge), State Senator, State Representative (Pursuant to Florida Statute 99.061) 


For a complete list of the seats up for election, please visit our Seats Up For Election Web Page.

For additional information regarding qualifying for Federal Offices please refer to the Forms & Publications, and Resources Sections on this page.

Forms & Publications

County/Constitutional Candidates

Judicial Candidates

State Candidate & Treasurer Handbook

State Candidate Petition Handbook

Form 1 or Form 6 Annual Financial Disclosure

All state documents are presented in PDF format and require use of Adobe Reader which may be installed free of charge by clicking on the link. 


SIGNS

In the County

In the Villages

Contact Cities directly