City of Deltona
2012 Uniform Municipal Election
General Candidate Information
1. QUALIFICATIONS: (City Charter, Section 5(1)(2b)(1-5) - Candidates for Mayor must be qualified electors (registered voters) and live within the boundaries of the City. Candidates for City Commissioner must be qualified electors (registered voters) of the City and must reside within the boundaries of the district in which he/she is running for office.
2. CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT & TREASURER: (Section 106.21, Florida Statutes) - Candidates may appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository at any time. Before accepting any campaign contributions or expending any funds or qualifying as a candidate, a campaign depository must be designated and a campaign treasurer must be appointed using the "Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository" (DS-DE) form. This form is to be obtained from the filed with the filling officer (Deltona City Clerk). Also, each candidate shall, at the same time the form DS-DE9A is filed, designate the office for which he/she is running. Thus, if a candidate of a designated office, changes the office designation at a later date, he/she must within 15 days after filling the
change of designation, notify contributors in writing of such intent and offer to return pro rata, upon their request (within 30 days after notification) contributions given in support of that designated office sought.
The name of the campaign account, checks, which must be a seperate account from any personal or other account and used only for depositing campaign contributions and making expenditures, must read:
"CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT OF
(Name of Candidate) (Office Sought)"
It must also have the account number and bank name, as well as appropriate space for: exact amount of expenditure, signature of campaign treasurer, exact purpose of expenditure, and name of payee.
The campaign treasurer can be the candidate him/herself. The campaign treasurer is responsible for keeping detailed records of all campaign contributions and expenditures, making timely deposits and withdrawals, and filing appropriate reports in a timely manner. All records kept by the campaign treasurer must be preserved for the number of years equal to the term of office sought (Section 106.06(3), Florida Statutes).
Late report penalties are the responsibility of the candidate for office. Filing dates are included in the financial reporting forms included in the qualifying packet.
3. STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE: (Section 106.023, Florida Statutes) - Each candidate must file a statement with the filing officer (Deltona City Clerk) within 10 days after the Appointment of Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository (DS-DE) Form is filed, stating he/she has read and understands the requirements of Chapter 106, Florida Statutes. The Statement of Candidate (DS-DE84) Form is provided by the filing officer (Deltona City Clerk). Willful failure to file this form is a first degree misdemeanor and a civil violation of the Campaign Financing Act which may result ino a fine of up to $1,000 (§106.19(1)(c), 106.265(1), Florida Statutes).
4. METHODS OF QUALIFYING: (City Charter, Section 5 (b)(2-3) – There are two (2) forms of nomination of all elective officers as provided in the City Charter which is either by petition or pay a qualifying fee in an amount equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought. The petitions are provided by the filing officer (Deltona City Clerk) to bona fide candidates who have completed a Statement of Intent form indicating his/her intent to become a candidate.
A candidate for City Commissioner must have his/her petitions signed by at least 100 electors (registered voters) residing within the District which he or she seeks to represent or pay a qualifying fee in an amount equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought (Commissioner Salary: $8,817.64 x 3% = $264.53).
In accordance with City Ordinance No. 10-97, adopted on May 19, 1997, all candidates for City elective office may file an oath and receive the petition forms from the City Clerk at any time after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of the year in which the first primary is held, but prior to the 21st day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office sought. Candidates for City elective office must submit to the City Clerk each petition collected PRIOR TO NOON OF MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 (21st day preceding the first day of the qualifying period). Once the signatures on the petitions are verified by the County Supervisor of Elections office, each candidate will be notified by the City Clerk if the required number of signatures have been obtained and the candidate will then be entitled to subscribe to
the candidate’s oath and file the qualifying papers during the City’s qualifying period.
The 2012 Election Qualifying Period begins at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 4, 2012, and ends at 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 8, 2012.
5. ELECTION ASSESSMENT: Each person seeking to qualify for nomination or election to a municipal office shall pay, at the time of qualifying for office, an election assessment. The election assessment shall be an amount equal to 1% of the annual salary of the office sought. (F.S. Chapter 99.093) (Commissioner Salary: $8,817.64 x 1% = $88.18).
6. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: A completed Form 1, Statement of Financial Interests (reflecting the preceding tax year) must be filed together with, and at the same time the candidate files his/her qualifying papers.
7. DISTRICT AND MAYORAL ELECTIONS: Each of the six (6) City Commissioners are elected from and represent one (1) district within the City designated as District Seats one to six respectively. The Mayor is elected at-large and represents the entire City.
8. CONTRIBUTION LIMITS: (Section 106.08, Florida Statutes) - The contribution limit for all municipal candidates is $500 per person per election.
9. CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES CAMPAIGN REPORTS DUE DATES: (Section 106.07(1) – 106.07(8)(b), Florida Statutes) - Please refer to the sheet labeled “Campaign Treasurer’s Report Due Dates – 2012” in your qualifying packet for Campaign Report Due Dates.
Penalty: Late filing of reports are subject to fines for each late day, the fine shall be $50.00 per day for the first 3 days late and, thereafter, $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. However, for the reports immediately preceding each primary and general election, the fine shall be $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipt or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. Again, late report penalties are the responsibility of the candidate and are to be paid from personal funds of the candidate. Such fines are to be paid within 20 days after receipt of notice of payment due, unless appeal is made to the Florida Elections
10. POLITICAL ADVERTISING: Disclaimer and Endorsements (Section 106.143, Florida Statutes) – Any political advertisement that is paid for by a candidate and that is published, displayed or circulated prior to, or on the day of, any election must prominently state: “Political advertisement paid for and approved by (name of candidate), (party affiliation), for (office sought).” Any other political advertisement published, displayed or circulated prior to, or on the date of election must be prominently:
1. Be marked “paid political advertisement” or with the abbreviation “Pd. Pol. Adv.”.
2. State the name and address of the persons sponsoring the advertisement.
3. (a) (I) State whether the advertisement and the cost of production is paid for or provided in kind by or at the expense of the entity publishing, broadcasting, or circulating the political advertisement; or
(II) State who provided or paid for the advertisement and cost of production, if different from the source of sponsorship.
(b) This subparagraph does not apply if the source of the sponsorship is patently clear from the content or format of the political advertisement.
This does not apply to campaign messages used by a candidate and the candidate’s supporters if those messages are designed to be worn by a person.
11. POLITICAL SIGNS CITY CODE: Section 102-94. Political and campaign signs, of the City of Deltona’s Code of Ordinances allows for no more than one political sign per candidate or ballot issue shall be placed per lot or parcel; Campaign signs must be removed within 10 days after the election or such sign will be deemed abandoned; No sign permit or bond shall be required for political signs placed only in single family residential yards; For signs placed in other locations, one sign permit per candidate or ballot issue shall be required; Setbacks, height, maximum signage - setback shall be 25 feet from side property lines or equidistant between side property lines and no less than 5 feet from public right-of-ways; The maximum height shall be 5 feet in residential zones and 8 feet in nonresidential zones; The maximum
signage for residential zones shall be 4.5 sq.ft. per sign or 18 sq.ft. per parcel and for nonresidential zones shall be 16 sq.ft. per sign or 48 sq.ft. per parcel; and those requesting the placement of political or campaign signs on vacant property shall provide the City a letter signed by the property owner of such vacant property authorizing the use of such signage. An Application for 2012 Political Campaign Signs Permit form is also included in the packet.
NOTICE TO ALL CITY OF DELTONA ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 14 & NOVEMBER 6, 2012
In accordance with City Ordinance No. 10-97, adopted on May 19, 1997, all candidates for City elective office must submit to the City Clerk each Nominating Petition collected PRIOR TO NOON OF MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 (21st day preceding the first day of the qualifying period). Once the signatures on the petitions are verified by the County Supervisor of Elections office, each candidate will be notified by the City Clerk that the required number of signatures have been obtained and the candidate will then be entitled to subscribe to the candidate’s oath and file the qualifying papers during the City’s qualifying period.
NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED:
- Candidates for City Commission - 100 registered voters residing within the District the candidate seeks to represent.
- Or pay a qualifying fee in an amount equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL OF NOMINATING PETITIONS:
Monday, May 7, 2012 – Noon
CITY’S QUALIFYING PERIOD:
Begins: Monday, June 4, 2012 – Noon
Ends: Friday, June 8, 2012 – Noon
FOR QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL:
Joyce Kent, CMC, Deltona City Clerk or Traci Houchin, Deputy City Clerk
Phone: (386) 878-8500
FAX: (386) 878-8501