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Candidate Information




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.  Florida Statute 106.021

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

Party affiliation. Florida Statute 99.021(2)(b)

If you plan to run for an office as a partisan candidate, please take note of the following:

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 2020 election: June 8, 2019

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. Florida Statute 99.095

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

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
  • 1,339 for a candidate seeking county office in 2020

Valid Signatures Due By

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

  • Before Noon, March 23, 2020 (Federal, Judicial, State Attorney, and Public Defender)
  • Before Noon, May 11, 2020 (Statewide, Multi-County, County and District Candidates)

Notification from Supervisor of Elections

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:


Official Qualifying


Qualifying Dates

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


Noon, April 20, 2020 - Noon April 24, 2020


*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning
Noon, April 20, 2020 pursuant to Section 99.061 and 105.031, F.S.

  • U.S. Representative
  • State Attorney & Public Defender (20th Circuit only)
  • Justice of Supreme Court
  • District Court of Appeal
  • Circuit Court Judge

Noon, June 8, 2020 - Noon, June 12, 2020

*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning 
Noon, June 8, 2020, pursuant to Section 99.061, F.S.

  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Special Districts

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:

Additional information about qualifying

For additional information on candidate qualifying, please visit the:

Florida Division of Elections website 



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