|Petition Collection Period
||August 29, 2022 - January 6, 2023
||January 2, 2023 - January 15, 2023
||Noon, January 16, 2023 - Noon, January 20, 2023
||March 7, 2023
||April 25, 2023
||May 1, 2023 - May 1, 2027
|Poll Watcher Designation Deadlines
||Early Voting: Noon, February 13, 2023 | Election Day: Noon, February 21, 2023
DS-DE 9 — Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository
DS-DE 84 — Statement of Candidate (attesting that you have read and understand campaign finance law, Chapter.106, F.S.)
You must file form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, before opening your campaign account, accepting any contributions, making any campaign expenditures, or collecting petitions.
Within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9, you must file form DS-DE84, Statement of Candidate.
Candidate qualifying begins at noon on January 16, 2023 and ends at noon on January 20, 2023. City of Tampa 2023 Qualifying Packet is now avaible. Candidates can choose to qualify by fee or petition. For more information about qualifying, review the fact sheet.
Qualifying By Fee
Candidates must pay 6% of the salary of the office as of July 1, 2022 to qualify by fee. These fees are due the week of qualifying but can be turned in during the pre-qualifying period.
- City Council: $3,123.75
Your qualifying fee must be paid using a check drawn on your campaign account, made payable to the Supervisor of Elections, and signed by the treasurer.
Qualifying By Petition
The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. Visit this page for information about petition verification fees.
The petition collection period is from August 29, 2022 to January 6, 2023, and the Nominating Petition Application must be filed with our office prior to collecting petitions. The application can be dropped off or mailed to our office. Candidates for Mayor must collect at least 3,852 petitions (1% of the City of Tampa population). Candidates for City Council must collect at least 963 (0.25% of the City of Tampa population). Petitions for City Council must come from within the district the candidate wishes to serve.
City of Tampa Redistricting
Every four years, the Tampa City Charter requires redistricting to ensure that the population of Tampa's single-member city council districts remain as equal as possible. The redistricting process is conducted by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.
City of Tampa City Council Redistricting (2021/22) | Plan Hillsborough
Public Notice: City of Tampa New District Boundaries
Candidates who have filed form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, are required to file regular financial reports, following the deadlines specified by the Florida Division of Elections:
2023 Reporting Dates for City of Tampa Candidates
Candidates, please make sure to review the Online Financial Report Manual. All reports filed with our office must be submitted electronically. Our filing system allows you to enter information without using any additional software. See a list of approved software vendors that are compatible with our electronic filing system.
As a candidate, it is your responsibility to review the City of Tampa City Charter, the Candidate and Treasurer Handbook, and Florida Election Code, which will help guide you through your candidacy.
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