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What is a candidate?
A candidate is defined in Sections 97.021(3) and 106.011(16), Florida Statutes, as any person to whom any one or more of the following applies:
However, this definition does not include any candidate for a political party executive committee.
Please keep the following in mind:
When do I announce my candidacy?
You may tell folks at any time that you plan to run for office, however:
Is it possible to run for a different office after I become a candidate?
Yes, under Section 106.021(1)(a), Florida Statutes, you may change your mind and run for a different office after becoming a candidate, providing that you do the following;
Candidate Party Change
S. 99.021 F.S. – CANDIDATES SEEKING A PARTY NOMINATION
Old Law: Candidate has not been a candidate for nomination of any political party for 6 months prior to general election for which the candidate seeks to qualify.
New Law: Candidate 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 candidate seeks to qualify.
Effective upon becoming law May 2011, this means any candidate who has changed parties within 365 days of the beginning of qualifying will be ineligible to qualify as a political party candidate, but will be eligible to qualify as a candidate with no party affiliation.