Candidate Qualifying Information

City of Opa-locka General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The following Commission seats will be open for the City of Opa-locka General Election on November 3, 2020:

City Commission (2 seats)

Currently held by Commissioner Sherelean Bass and Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley.

EMERGENCY RULES

Due to the current state of emergency and the guidance limiting person-to-person contact to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following emergency rules were filed. 

Emergency Rule 1SER20-1: Designation of Division of Elections as Filing Office for Department of State; Requirements for Candidate Qualifying Papers; Withdrawal of Candidacy. 

Removes the requirement that the qualifying items be "original(s) and signatures thereon...be made in ink" so that these items can be collected, notarized, and submitted with limited person-to-person contact. Provides for qualifying documents to be submitted via email. 

 Emergency Rule 1SER20-2: Candidate Petition Process

Removes the requirement that the voter’s signature on a candidate petition be an "original, ink signature" so that signed petitions can be collected without person-to-person contact. 

BECOME A CANDIDATE

To become a candidate, the following documents must be filed with the Opa-locka City Clerk PRIOR to opening a campaign account, receiving contributions, or making any expenditures:  

(1) DS-DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates - must be filed prior to opening the campaign account and prior to the candidate accepting any contributions or making any expenditures, or authorizing another to accept contributions or make expenditures on the person’s behalf.

(2) DS-DE 84 Statement of Candidate - must be filed with the filing officer within 10 days after filing DS-DE 9. This form states that the candidate has been provided access to read and understand the requirements of Chapter 106, F.S.

After filing the appropriate paperwork with the City Clerk, candidates may then open a campaign account and begin to accept contributions and make expenditures.    

QUALIFYING TO BE PLACED ON THE BALLOT

Candidates must qualify to run during the qualification period which shall commence at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 and end at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Normal business hours for the Office of the City Clerk are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 780 Fisherman Street, 4th Floor, Opa-locka, Florida. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk to schedule an appointment at 305-953-2800. 

The following documents must be submitted:

(1) DS-DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates - if not already on file

(2) DS-DE 84 Statement of Candidate - if not already on file

(3) DS-DE 302NP Candidate Oath 

(4) Form 1  Statement of Financial Interests

(5) AFFIDAVIT OF CANDIDACY AND RESIDENCY - City Charter provides that candidates must have resided continuously in the City more than 365 days prior to the day of the election at which said person seeks to qualify as a candidate for the Office of Mayor or City Commissioner.

(6) VOLUNTARY STATEMENT OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

(7) CURRENT VOTER’S REGISTRATION CARD

(8) PROOF OF RESIDENCY, including, but not limited to homestead exemption, driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, voter’s registration card, and lease agreement. Candidates must have resided continuously in the City more than 365 days prior to the day of the election at which said person seeks to qualify as a candidate for the Office of Mayor or City Commissioner.

(9) QUALIFYING FEE - In accordance with Section 5.1(d) of the City Charter, a fee in the amount of $250, payable to the City of Opa-locka, from the Candidate’s Campaign Account must be submitted.

(10) STATE ASSESSMENT FEE - In accordance with State Statute, candidates must file an assessment fee in the amount of 1% of the annual salary of the office being sought. The annual salary for Mayor and Commissioners is $6,600. The amount of $66.00 payable to the City of Opa-locka from the Candidate’s Campaign Account must be submitted.

(11) Please be sure to submit to the Office of the City Clerk the necessary completed qualifying papers and fees in a sufficient period of time before the 12:00 pm expiration of the qualifying period on Friday, August 14, 2020, so that your qualifying papers may be timely filed with City Clerk’s office by the end of the qualifying period. We respectfully request that all prospective candidates call the City Clerk’s Office in advance to set up an appointment time for qualifying as a candidate. It is necessary that this office has sufficient time to adequately review the paperwork involved. Having an appointment will help avoid confusion and is the most efficient use of everyone’s time. 

Filing Office for the City of Opa-locka - Joanna Flores, City Clerk, 780 Fisherman Street, 4th Floor, Opa-locka, Florida 33054, Email: jflores@opalockafl.gov, Office: (305) 953-2800, Cell: (786) 877-4038.