Volusia County Department of Elections
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What is a Candidate?

A candidate is defined in 97.021(5), Florida Statutes, 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 a 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 candidate for a political party executive committee.




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