Congratulations on your decision to run for the Village of Tequesta Council. I believe you will have a challenging and gratifying experience.
Below are general, yet important, points of information regarding filing and qualifying for the General Municipal Election on March 14, 2017. This information is a brief overview, and does NOT provide you with all the information you need to know as a candidate. A full understanding of the election process is the responsibility of the candidate. Please review your election packet thoroughly so you have a clear understanding of the process and your responsibilities.
- FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS - The Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates Form is the first document to be filed with the Village Clerk (filing officer). Once this form is filed, you may open your campaign account. You should not collect any contributions or make any expenditures until this form is properly filed. I suggest you appoint a Treasurer and a Deputy Treasurer.
- The Statement of Candidate Form must be filed within ten calendar days after filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates Form.
- The Qualifying Period begins at Noon, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Noon, February 14, 2017. These dates and times are strictly enforced and not flexible. The Village Clerk’s phone clock is the official clock for compliance purposes.
- The Notice of Candidacy must state the Council seat number for which you are seeking election (Seat 2 or 4), your name and address, and be signed by at least fifty registered voters of the incorporated Village of Tequesta (Nominating Petition). You can begin collecting signatures AFTER you have filed your Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates Form.
- When circulating the petition for your candidacy, please ensure that the name of the individual signing the petition has printed their name legibly below their signature, and has included their address and date of birth. The Supervisor of Elections Office will not accept information that is not legible. DO NOT collect signatures from unincorporated areas as they will not be counted.
- Petitions should be turned into the Village Clerk during the qualifying period, at which time they will be certified for validity by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Do not send the petitions directly to the Elections Office. Please be mindful of the time allotted for the Elections Office to certify your petitions before you are qualified as a candidate.
- When filing your “Notice of Candidacy,” a filing fee of $30.00 (per Village of Tequesta Charter) and a $30.00 election assessment fee (equal to 1% of the annual salary of the office sought) - for a total of $60.00 - must be paid with a check drawn on your campaign account (payable to the Village of Tequesta).
- I will notify you as soon as possible after filing on your qualification status.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 768-0443. Please make an appointment with me to discuss your candidacy and to review the legal requirements. It is important to the success of your campaign that I review the contents of the “Candidate Election Handbook” with you.
Lori McWilliams, MMC
The Candidate Handbook will be provided when you have a scheduled meeting to review the packet with the Village Clerk.
Function of the Village Clerk as the “Elections Qualifying Officer” - F.S. 99.061(7)(c), the filing officer performs a ministerial function in reviewing qualifying papers. In determining whether a candidate is qualified, the filing officer shall review the qualifying papers to determine whether all items required by paragraph (a) have been properly filed and whether each item is complete on its face, including whether items that must be verified have been properly verified pursuant to s. 92.525(1)(a). The filing officer may not determine whether the contents of the qualifying papers are accurate.