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Yes! Per Ordinance No. 15-2021, the Town of Palm Beach requires all candidates to have one year of town residency to become a candidate.
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The Statement of Candidate (DS-DE 84) and the Treasurer’s Form (DS-DE 9) must be submitted to the Town prior to any solicitation for campaign contributions or opening a campaign account. These must also be submitted prior to collecting any of the Candidate Petitions (DS-DE 104) as well.
According to the Town’s Charter (Sec. 5.03), candidates shall qualify for the office of Mayor or Town Council by being nominated at the Town Caucus to be held on the first Tuesday of December each year and by being endorsed by petition signed by at least twenty-five electors.
Yes! A candidate can appoint one treasurer and up to three (3) Deputy Treasurers, subject to requirements (106.021 (1)(a) F.S.). The campaign treasurer does not need to be a registered voter. Read more on the campaign treasurer and campaign finance here.
Read more on campaign contributions here.
Yes! There are no limits on the amount contributed by the candidate to his/her own campaign.
Due to new legislation, all elected officials in office on or after January 1, 2024 must fill out the Form 6 - Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests. This form will only be required once elected. Please click here to view an informational video on Form 6.
Yes! Each candidate must have 25 petitions, verified by the Supervisor of Elections Office. We ask that you submit more than the required amount if more than one of your petitions is not certified.
Please view the following documents containing state and local regulations on political advertisements:
All documents submitted to us are considered a public record. In the spirit of transparency, we will post all election documentation on the Town’s website until the end of the election period.
While the Town Clerk is the Qualifying (Filing) Officer for our municipality, pursuant to F.S. 99.061(7)(c), the filing officer performs only a ministerial function in reviewing qualifying papers. Therefore, the Town Clerk may only review the qualifying papers to determine whether all items required have been properly filed and whether each item is complete on its face, but may not determine whether the contents of the qualifying papers are accurate.