Run for Office

Is running for Office right for you?

City Hall Vero Beach Florida

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.

Organizations that provide candidate training

•   Sorensen Institute of UVA

•   Victory Institute

•   Emerge America

•   Ruth’s List

•   Emily’s List

•   Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

•   National Democratic Training Committee

•   She Should Run

Interested in learning more about becoming a candidate?

The DEC of Indian River encourages and supports Democratic candidates to run for office.