Become a Candidate

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:

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.  For more information, visit:

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:

In addition, there are many committees and boards for concerned citizens to serve without being elected.  For more information, visit: and


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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.  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.  We do not endorse Democratic candidates for public office until after primary elections take place. This is a consistent practice followed by the Florida Democratic Party and its affiliated county organizations throughout the state.



Get to Know Your Future Constituents

As a potential candidate, we want you to be prepared to take on the challenge of running for office. If your race is at the state or federal level, we’ll encourage you to spread out to 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 an 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:

US Congressional District 17 includes 10 counties in SW and Central Florida. Democratic Executive Committees can be contacted at the following links: