By Fran Dance, Charlotte Dems Communications Committee Chair and contributing writer
There are many opportunities for dynamic, viable Democratic candidates to win elected local positions, in addition to the major 2022 races for Governor, US Senator and US Representative. In 2022, these will include the Florida House seat, District 75 covering Charlotte County and the Florida Senate seat, District 26, covering eastern Charlotte County. For more information, visit: https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/candidates-committees/offices-up-for-election/
The City of Punta Gorda will hold its next General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, which will include two City Council seats for Districts 3 and 5. Members are elected at-large for a two-year term on a nonpartisan basis. Only opposed candidate races for City Council seats will appear on the ballot. If more than two candidates seek election for any one district seat, a primary election will be held on August 17, 2021. Qualified candidates must reside within their District six months prior to the election and throughout the term, must be a qualified elector of the City and shall hold no other compensated public office other than notary public or member of the National Guard or armed forces reserve. Qualifying for the November 2, 2021 General Election will be Monday, June 7, 2021 at noon to Friday, June 11, 2021 at noon. Once qualified as a candidate, all Federal, State and Local election laws must be followed. For more information, visit: https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/city-clerk/elections-and-voting.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Charlotte County elections will be held for the County Commissioners in Districts 2 and 4, the School Board in Districts 1 and 4, and for the Soil & Water Conservation Board in District 2, amongst other positions. For more information, visit: https://www.charlottevotes.com/Candidates/Info-for-Becoming-a-Candidate
In addition, there are many committees and boards for concerned citizens to serve without being elected. For more information, visit: https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/boards-committees/ and https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/boards-committees
Individuals considering running for public office as a Democrat within Charlotte County are encouraged to contact Charlotte County Democrats at (941) 764-8440 or by email at [email protected] to make their interests known and to learn what resources may be available to assist them in running their campaign.
More information is available at https://www.charlottedems.com/voting-matters/upforelection/, https://www.charlottedems.com/voting-matters/candidates/ and https://www.charlottedems.com/voting-matters/elected-officials/
The Charlotte County Democratic Party does not endorse any Democratic candidates for public office until after the primary elections take place. This is a consistent practice followed by the Florida Democratic Party and its affiliated county organizations throughout the state.