Constitutional Offices and Board of County Commissioners

The following applies to candidates for constitutional office (Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and Supervisor of Elections) and candidates for the Board of County Commissioners.

Filing and qualifying for these offices is conducted at any one of our three office locations. Contact us by email or telephone 941-861-8606 if you have questions.

The qualifying period for these offices is noon on Monday, June 10, 2024, to noon on Friday, June 14, 2024. 


Candidates must:

  • Be an elector (registered voter) of Sarasota County
  • Reside within the designated district six months immediately prior to qualification


  • DS-DE 9 - Appointment of campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository for candidates
    This is the first form to be filed, designating the office for which the candidate is running, appointing a treasurer and designating a depository. It must be filed before any contributions are received, any expenditures are made, or any signatures are obtained on a candidate petition.
  • DS-DE 84 - Statement of candidate
    Form stating that the candidate has been provided access to read and understand the requirements of Chapter 106, Florida Statutes. This form must be filed within 10 days of filing DS-DE 9.
  • DS-DE 301A - State and local partisan candidate oath, with party affiliation
    or DS-DE 301B - State and local partisan candidate oath, no party affiliation

    Submitted during the qualification period. Be sure to print or type your name as you wish it to appear on the ballot; name may not be changed after the end of qualifying.
  • Form 6 - Full and public disclosure of financial interests
    Filed electronically with the Florida Commission on Ethics; submit proof of filing to the supervisor of elections office during qualification. Beginning January 1, 2024, anyone wishing to file a 2023 Form 6 or a 2023 Form 1 for qualifying purposes must be registered in the Electronic Financial Disclosure Management System.


A candidate may qualify to have his or her name placed on the ballot by paying the qualifying fee. A person paying the qualifying fee is not required to collect petitions.

The qualifying fee for candidates seeking partisan office with party affiliation is 6 percent of the annual salary of the office sought, as of July 1, 2023. It consists of a 3 percent filing fee, a 1 percent election assessment and a 2 percent party assessment. For candidates seeking partisan office without party affiliation it is 4 percent of the annual salary, consisting of a 3 percent filing fee and a 1 percent election assessment.

  • Sheriff
    • With Party Affiliation: $12,312.90
    • No Party Affiliation: $8,208.60
  • All Other Constitutional Officers
    • With Party Affiliation: $10,161.96
    • No Party Affiliation: $6,774.64
  • Board of County Commissioners
    • With Party Affiliation: $5,970.48
    • No Party Affiliation: $3,980.32

The qualifying fee must be paid via properly executed check drawn on the campaign account and signed by the treasurer or deputy treasurer.


A candidate may qualify to have his or her name placed on the ballot by means of the petition process. A person qualifying by this process is not required to pay the qualifying fee or party assessment.

Candidates must obtain the signatures of a least 1 percent of the total number of registered voters of the georgraphical area of candidacy:

  • Constitutional Offices - 3,535 valid signatures
  • County Commissioner, District 1 - 697 valid signatures
  • County Commissioner, District 3 - 744 valid signatures
  • County Commissioner, District 5 - 706 valid signatures

Candidates are required to use form DS-DE 104 - Candidate Petition to obtain signatures of registered voters. Signed petitions for verification must be submitted to the supervisor of elections no less than 28 days prior to the first day of candidate qualifying.

There is a fee of 10 cents per signature to be paid in advance to the supervisor of elections for the cost of verifying the signatures. If the candidate cannot pay this fee without imposing an undue burden on the candidate’s resources, the candidate may file DS-DE 19A - Affidavit of Undue Burden with the supervisor of elections to have the fee waived.


Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County
EMAIL: • OFFICE HOURS: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5 PM • MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 4194 Sarasota, FL 34230-4194
Terrace Building
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

PHONE: (941) 861-8600
FAX: (941) 861-8609
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

Robert L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Rm 114
Venice, FL 34293

PHONE: (941) 861-3760
FAX: (941) 861-3770
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287

PHONE: (941) 423-9540
FAX: (941) 423-9256
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Florida Statute 668.6076.