Interested in Running for Office?
If you are interested in running for office, we are here to help! Please contact the Candidate Coordinator, Ray Bolden, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 850-689-5600 or 850-651-7272 if you have any questions about qualifying.
Qualifying information and paperwork can be picked up at the Supervisor of Elections’ offices before qualifying begins. The qualifying period for State, County, Fire District, Special District, and Municipal candidates is Noon on the 71st day through Noon on the 67th day prior to the Primary or Municipal election day. Candidates can pre-file at any time prior to qualifying, which allows them to begin collecting and spending campaign funds.
A candidate is any person who:
Ready to Run for Office? Get started by filing the following document:
Form DS-DE 9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates are the first documents that need to be filed with the filing officer to become a candidate. A candidate shall designate the office for which he or she is a candidate at the same time he or she appoints a campaign treasurer and designates a campaign depository. A candidate may appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository at any time, but no later than the date a candidate files for office. Nothing prohibits a person from announcing his or her intention to become a candidate prior to filing a Form DS-DE 9, as long as no contributions are received and no expenditures are made.
Form DS-DE 9:
2018 Offices Up For Election & Important Dates
U.S. House of Representatives - District 1
Chief Financial Officer
Commissioner of Agriculture
Multicounty and District Offices:
Florida House of Representatives - Districts 3 & 4
Florida Senate - District 2
Judicial Retention (Nonpartisan):
Florida Supreme Court and First District Court of Appeals
Circuit and County Court Judges (Nonpartisan):
First Judicial Circuit and Okaloosa County Judges
County Offices (Elected at Large):
Board of County Commissioners - Districts 2 & 4
School Board - Districts 1, 3, & 5 (Nonpartisan)
Cinco Bayou -
Two Town Council Seats
Three City Council Seats
Mary Esther -
Two City Council Seats
Two City Commission Seats
Click Here for the list of Current Candidates Running for Office
2018 Election Calendar
Municipal Elections March 13, 2018
Last day to register February 12, 2018
Primary Election August 28, 2018
Last day to register or change party July 30, 2018
General Election November 6, 2018
Last day to register October 9, 2018
Welcome to Candidate University
The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Office is offering a program called "Candidate University" for those seeking to run for public office or any member of the public interested in learning about the process. The program is designed to inform interested persons of the appropriate procedures and documents required to run for office in Okaloosa County.
Candidate University consists of a three-hour curriculum focused on the fundamentals of becoming and being a candidate. Participants will be introduced to each step involved in the process including pre-filing, collecting petitions and qualifying. Campaign pitfalls will also be discussed as well as audits, recounts and contest of elections. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program and there is no cost to attend.