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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.

Interested in learning more about becoming a candidate?

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

Offices up for election in 2018:

County Government

Candidates filing to run for County offices qualify with the local Elections Office.

More information about candidates: Candidate Profiles & Financials.

  • County Commissioner: District 2 and 4
  • County Court Judges: Group 1 and 2
  • School Board Member: District 1, 2 and 4
  • Indian River County Hospital District: Seat 2 and 4
  • Indian River Soil & Water Conservation District: Seat 3 and 5
  • Indian River Mosquito Control: District 2

Multi-County and District Offices

Contact your county Supervisor of Elections to determine if any of these offices in your county will appear on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

  • Governor and Lieutenant GovernorAttorney General
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Agriculture
  • State Senator (Only even numbered districts)
  • State Representative (All Districts)
  • State Attorney (Only 20th Judicial Circuit)
  • Public Defender (Only 20th Judicial Circuit)

Federal Offices

  • U.S. Senator (One of two seats)
  • Representative in Congress (All Districts)