Becoming a Candidate

Curious about public service?  Charlotte County Democrats are here to help.

As a potential candidate, we want you to be prepared to take on the challenge of running for any office.
There are many elected positions at the local, state, and federal level and finding the right fit is important.

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Democratic Chair Terrie Rizzo stated in a news release. “FDP’s Campaign Blueprint helps Democrats, who may be new to running for office, plan out their campaign, and assist them with organizing an efficient, well-run campaign. With Campaign Blueprint, our municipal candidates will be stronger than ever — it’s a game-changer.”

Contact Us! We Can Help

After you complete your research and decide you want to run for a seat, we want to meet you. 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.

You can contact the Candidate Screen Committee at any time by email at [email protected].

 


Network

Get to Know Your Future Constituents

As a potential candidate, we want you to be prepared to take on the challenge of running for any office. There are many elected positions at the local, state, and federal level and finding the right fit is important.If your race is at the state or federal level, we’ll encourage you to spread out of 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:

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

Charlotte, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk