Becoming a Candidate
As a potential candidate, we want you to be prepared to take on the challenge of running for any office. There are many elected positions at the local, state, and federal level and finding the right fit is important.
“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?”
— Michelle Obama
Understanding Our Elections
Why do you want to run for office? What impact do you want to make? Which of these jobs is right for you? The goal of the research phase of a campaign is to match the office with what you care about the most.
This site contains mounds of information to put you on the path to success. Once you’ve completed your research, you’ll have a good idea of what position you think best fits your situation.
We’ve gathered some resources to get you started. Please browse the links to the right.
Start with Why
We Can Help
After you complete your research and decide you want to run for a seat, we want to meet you. We’ll ask you questions, give you a forum to tell us what you’re all about, and hear why you want to run. We can provide more advice about the office you’re interested in including demographics, financial requirements, fundraising needs, and your general viability as a candidate.
You can contact the Candidate Screen Committee at any time by email at Candidates@charlottedems.com or the Candidate Screening Committee Chairperson, Judy Juliano at 941-626-4659.
Let’s Get Started
Interested in running for political office? Please send us your information to get connected with our Campaign & Candidates Committee! We’ll help you get started right away.
Get to Know Your Future Constituents
As a potential candidate, we want you to be prepared to take on the challenge of running for any office. There are many elected positions at the local, state, and federal level and finding the right fit is important.If your race is at the state or federal level, we’ll encourage you to spread out of the district you’re interested in. Get behind the wheel and road-trip to all communities and rural areas where voters live and work. Become involved in issues and organizations that impact everyone. Meet people everywhere and start making connections, if you haven’t already.
In addition, you should connect with Democratic Women’s Clubs and Democratic Clubs in all locations where your chosen office has impact. Your networking efforts could also include becoming involved in civic organizations where you intend to run. Consider attending public forums, governmental meetings, and Chamber of Commerce events. Volunteer opportunities for residents are also available from both Charlotte County and the City of Punta Gorda are also great ways to get involved. Links to some of those opportunities are below:
- Charlotte County Airport Authority
- Charlotte County Board of Commissioners
- Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
- Punta Gorda Boards and Committees
- Punta Gorda City Council
Congressional District 17 includes 10 counties in SW and Central Florida. Democratic Executive Committees can be contacted with information found at the following links:
Where does the money come from?
How much money do you need? That depends on how many votes you need and what it costs to reach enough people to secure them. We have a formula and the data to help you figure that out. Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules apply, so be sure to do your research.
Campaign to Win
The Democratic Executive Committee is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee and supports Democratic candidates for office.
The resources to the right will provide some insights as you start your campaign.