• as of
  • Democrats:
  • Republicans:
  • Others:
  • Total:

Qualifying

Pre-Qualifying

A potential candidate should first check with the Supervisor of Elections to verify which district/seats are up for re-election.

Residency requirements

Some offices have residency requirements:

  • County Commission candidates - must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of being elected to office FS 100.041(2)(a) provides that a county commissioner is deemed elected on the date that the county canvassing board certifies the results of an election. (Effective 1/1/2008)
  • School Board candidates - must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of qualifying.
  • City Council candidates - must be a registered voter who has continuously resided in the City of Brooksville for at least one(1) year immediately prior to qualifying. 

Depository/treasurer requirements

A potential candidate must use form DS-DE 9 to designate a depository (bank) and appoint a treasurer before:

  • Qualifying for office
  • Obtaining petitions
  • Accepting contributions
  • Making expenditures

FS 106.021

Party affiliation

If you plan to run for an office as a partisan candidate, please be aware of FS 99.021(2)(b) which states:

  • In addition, any person seeking to qualify for nomination as a candidate of any political party shall, at the time of subscribing to the oath or affirmation, state in writing: 
    1. The party of which the person is a member. 
    2. That the person has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.
    Last day candidates may change party for 2018 election: June 18, 2017

Pre-Qualified candidates (click here to obtain candidate forms)

You are considered a pre-qualified candidate after you:

  • Designate a depository (bank)
  • Appoint a treasurer

Pre-qualified Candidates:

  • Can begin collecting petitions
  • Can begin accepting contributions
  • Can begin making expenditures
  • Must begin filing periodic reports

Petition Process

As an alternative to paying the qualifying fee, a pre-qualified candidate may qualify by means of the petitioning process. FS 99.095

Number of Signatures Required

The number of valid signatures required is:

  • Equal to one percent (1%) of the total number of Hernando County registered voters as of the last general election
  • 1,306 for a candidate seeking county office in 2018

Valid Signatures Due By

The required amount of valid signatures must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections office for verification:

  • Before Noon April 2, 2018 (Federal, Judicial, State Attorney, and Public Defender)
  • Before Noon, May 21, 2018  (Statewide, Multi-County, County and District Candidates)

Notification from SOE

Prior to the first day of Official Qualifying:

  • The Supervisor of Elections will notify you, in writing with a Petition Certification Form, whether the required number of valid signatures were obtained
Your Petition Certification Form must be filed at the time of Official Qualifying.

Petition Fees

The $0.10 per signature (valid or invalid) checked fee must be paid prior to qualifying.

Undue Burden

If you find that paying the fee is a burden on your campaign, you may be exempted from paying this fee by filing with the Supervisor of Elections office at the time petitions are submitted for verification:

  • Form DS-DE 19D Affidavit of Undue Burden 

Official Qualifying

Qualifying Dates

Potential candidates may pre-qualify (pre-file) at any time, however, there are specific Official Qualifying dates.

Qualifying Dates

Noon, April 30, 2018 - Noon May 4, 2018

*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning 
Noon, April 16, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061 and 105.031, F.S.

  • U.S. Representative
  • Judicial
  • State Attorney & Public Defender (20th Circuit only)
Noon, June 18 – Noon, June 22, 2018

*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning 
Noon, June 4, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061, F.S.

  • Governor and Cabinet
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • County Offices
  • Special Districts
  • City Council 

Qualifying Fees

A candidate may qualify for office by paying a qualifying fee.

Partisan Candidates

The fee for partisan candidates is:

  • 6% of one year's salary of the office sought

Fee breakdown:

  • 3% Filing fee
  • 2% Party Assessment
  • 1% Election Assessment*

Nonpartisan Candidates

The fee for nonpartisan candidates is:

  • 4% of one year's salary of the office sought

Fee breakdown:

  • 3% Filing Fee
  • 1% Election Assessment*

 * Note: The Election Assessment goes to the Florida Elections Commission.

List of Fees for County Offices

For a list of qualifying fees for county offices, contact:

  • The Supervisor of Elections (352) 754-4125

Additional information about qualifying

For additional information on candidate qualifying, please visit the:

Dates to Remember

Memorial Day
May 29, 2017
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