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Running for City Commission
Qualifications and Disqualifications
Please consider this preliminary information before deciding whether or not to pursue candidacy.  If you decide to move forward, please contact the City Clerk for assistance with any questions you may have or additional information you may need.

The City Commission consists of five members who hold office for a term of four years, or until their successors are elected and certified. No member of the City Commission shall serve more than three consecutive terms.  You must have been a resident of the CIty continuously for the one year immediately preceding qualification, have the qualifications of electors in the City, and must reside within the municipal limits while in office.  Any member of the City Commission ceasing to possess any of the foregoing qualifications, or who is convicted of a felony, shall forfeit office.  Additionally, absence from three consecutive regular meetings shall operate to vacate the seat of a Commissioner member, unless such absence is excused by the City Commission.

The City of Casselberry will hold a regular election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 for Commissioner Seat No. 4 and Mayor/Commissioner Seat No. 5.  If there should be more than two candidates for any office and no one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the August 30th election, or in the event of a tie vote, the two candidates receiving the highest votes shall run again in a run-off election which will be held on November 8, 2016.  The candidate receiving the majority of the votes cast in the November 4th election shall be elected.  In the event of a tie vote at the run-off election, the tie will be dissolved by a lottery pursuant to statute.

What is the First Thing I Must Do?
Candidates must file Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates (Form DS-DE9) with the City Clerk BEFORE opening a bank account, accepting contributions toward your candidacy, or collecting signatures to qualify by the petition (alternative) method.  Within ten days of filing Form DS-DE9, candidates must also file a Statement of Candidate form (Form DS-DE 84) which affirms that you have received, read and understand Chapter 106, Florida Statutes, campaign finance laws.

Campaign Treasurer's Reports
Upon filing Form DS-DE9, candidates are required to file campaign treasurer's reports with the City Clerk on or before the designated due dates.  If a candidate has no activity in their campaign account for a certain reporting period, a waiver of report (Form DS-DE 87).  Termination reports are due within 90 days of a candidate becoming unopposed, withdrawing their candidacy, or being eliminated or elected to office.  City of Casselberry candidates are required to file their campaign treasurer's reports electronically.

Campaign Treasurer's Reports Late Filing Fees
A candidate who does not file a report on the designated due date will be subject to a fine of $50 per day for the first three days late, and thereafter, $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% fo the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the report.  However, for reports due immediately preceding the primary and general elections, the fine will be $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 report.  Late filing fees are not allowable campaign expenditures and must be paid only from personal funds of the candidate.

Methods of Qualifying
The qualifying period for candidates is from 12:00 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016 through 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016, during normal business hours.  Normal business hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., however on Friday, May 23rd, City Hall will be open 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. only for candidates to qualify with the City Clerk.  There are two ways to qualify.  Candidates can either pay the qualifying fee or by the petition (alternative) method of qualifying outlined in Section 7.06 of the City Charter.  If you are considering qualifying by the petition (alternative) method, please contact the City Clerk.  The 100 required valid petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk by 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2016.  Please note that if you choose to qualify by the petition (alternative) method, you still must officially qualify with the City Clerk within the dates and times stated above.  Additionally, the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections shall be paid 10 cents for each petition signature checked.

Upon qualifying for office, candidates will receive written notice of the date, place and time for the Logic and Accuracy Test of the tabulating equipment to be utilized in the August 30, 2016 Casselberry City Election, and if necessary, the November 8, 2016 Casselberry City Election Run-Off, pursuant to Section 101.5612, Florida Statutes.

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