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City of Cape Canaveral Municipal Election Information (November 5, 2019)

The City Council is composed of a mayor and four council members elected by the voters of the City at large during a nonpartisan election.

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Candidates for City Council
PLEASE NOTE — Individuals may announce their intention to run for office prior to Official Qualifying. However, individuals interested in collecting campaign contributions or making expenditures for their campaigns prior to the Official Qualifying Period to run, must file the “Statement of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository” (DS-DE 9) form with the City Clerk before funds are collected or dispersed.

General Election

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
  • Council Members will take office during the regular meeting on November 19, 2019 provided Election Certification is complete.

Offices Open
Two (2) City Council seats (currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Mike Brown and Council Member Rocky Randels), serving at large. The names of the candidates are listed on the ballot in alphabetical order of their surnames. The two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared the winner upon certification of the Election by the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections and County Canvassing Board.

Term of Office

  • Three years, through November 2022.


Qualifications
All candidates shall be qualified electors who are residents of the City of Cape Canaveral for at least one year prior to the date of qualifying to run for City office and registered to vote.

Filing Fee — $15.00
Per the City Code/Charter, “There shall be a filing fee for candidates qualifying to have their names placed on the election ballot in the amount of $15.00 for each candidate.” In addition, the State of Florida Department of State requires an assessment of one percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office being sought. Council Member annual salary is $2,400, which equates to a $24.00 assessment and a total Qualifying fee of $39.00. [Florida Statutes 99.093(1)]

Qualifying Period
Beginning Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12 noon. Candidates shall file qualifying papers with the City Clerk at City Hall, 100 Polk Avenue, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

State law requires candidates for municipal office to comply with State regulations and accounting instructions for candidates and committees as set forth in Florida Statutes.

Becoming a Candidate for City Council
Per City Code Chapter 26 Sec. 26-3: Qualifying Period - Generally.

“The qualifying period for candidates for the offices of the mayor and city council shall be at any time after 12:00 noon of the 88th day prior to the general election and no later than 12:00 noon of the 74th day prior to the date of the general election.”

The City Clerk is the Qualifying Officer for the purposes of the General Election. Qualifying Packets are available during the above-stated period.

Prospective Candidates must:

  1. Contact and meet with the Qualifying Officer (City Clerk) to collect the necessary forms for municipal election.
  2. File the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates Form DS-DE 9 with the Qualifying Officer. (This must be done prior to opening Campaign Account.)
  3. Open a Campaign Bank Account. Whether a candidate is announcing their intention to run prior to the City’s official Qualifying Period in August or a candidate decides to wait until the official Qualifying Period to start collecting donations or dispersing funds.
  4. Meet with the Qualifying Officer during the Qualifying Period to complete and sign all Qualifying-related forms.
  5. Prospective Candidates are required to file a Financial Interest Form 1 and sign a Loyalty Oath to be notarized by the Qualifying Officer.
  6. Prospective Candidates are required to pay the filing fee of $39.00 for the Office of City Council Member.
  7. Once all forms are completed and campaign check is made out to “The City of Cape Canaveral” and submitted to the Qualifying Officer, the Candidate is then officially "Qualified to Run."

There are residency requirements to run for Office in the City of Cape Canaveral. For City Code of Ordinances Election information, please click here: Cape Canaveral City Code.

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