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City of Tampa Candidates

The 2019 City of Tampa Municipal Election will take place on March 5, 2019.


 Petition Collection Period

 August 27, 2018 - January 4, 2019

 Qualifying Period

 Noon, January 14, 2019 - Noon, January 18, 2019

 Election Day

 March 5, 2019

 Runoff Election 

 April 23, 2019


 May 1, 2019 – May 1, 2023



To become a candidate for elected office, you must first file form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, before accepting any contributions or making any campaign expenditures. Within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9, you must file form DS-DE84, Statement of Candidate.



Candidate qualifying begins at noon on January 14, 2019 and ends at noon on January 18, 2019. Qualifying packets will be available in January. 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, 2018 to qualify by fee. These fees are due the week of qualifying.
    • Mayoral Candidates - $9,644.54
    • City Council Candidates - $2,774.30


  • Qualifying By Petition

    The petition collection period is from August 27, 2018 to January 4, 2019, and the Nominating Petition Application must be filed with our office prior to collecting petitions. Candidates for Mayor must collect the signatures of at least 1% of the City of Tampa population. Candidates for City Council must collect the signatures of at least 0.25% of the City of Tampa population. Petitions for City Council must come from within the district the candidate wishes to serve. See the required petition numbers below.
    • Mayoral Candidates - 3,592 petitions
    • City Council Candidates - 898 petitions



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 was conducted by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, and minor changes to the district maps were approved for 2019. 

Public Notice: 2019 Tampa District Map



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:

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. However, you may click here to 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. 



Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Phone: (813) 744-5900 Toll Free: (888) 297-4362 Email:

Fred B. Karl County Center

601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel: (813) 272-5850
Fax: (813) 272-7043

Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

2514 North Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Tel: (813) 744-5900
Fax: (813) 744-5843

Northwest Regional Office

4575 Gunn Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33624

Southeast Regional Office

10020 South U.S. Hwy. 301
Riverview, FL 33578

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Voter registration applications and other written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections are public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Email addresses are also public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, please do not email us. Instead, contact us by mail or phone, or visit us in person. To request public records, contact the communications department by emailing or calling (813) 744-5900.