Thursday, May 17, 2018

Monday, May 21st at noon: Deadline to file petitions with SOE to run for a seat on the Palm Beach County Commission.

How many petitions do you have to turn in? What does a petition look like? How do you get official petition forms from the Supervisor of Elections (SOE)?

And there are other ways to get on the ballot as well.
All that information is below including more about the upcoming deadline next Monday.

Seats on the County Commission for Districts 2, 4, and 6 will be on the ballot this year in the August Primary coming up and General Election that will follow in November.

All the details, how to get your name on the ballot are listed below, information on the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) website. If you have any further questions or have difficulty finding the information you need visit the SOE at 240 S. Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach or call 561-656-6200 on Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

District 2 Commissioner Paulette Burdick and District 4 Commissioner Steven L. Abrams are term-limited and cannot run for re-election. The only sitting County Commissioner up for re-election is Mayor Melissa McKinlay in District 6.

Partial map of Districts 17.
Click on map to enlarge:
Click on this link and enter an address for which Commissioner represents that area in PBC on
the County Commission.

Match the color key with the map above.
To go over the list of “Announced/Qualified Candidates” thus far for Districts 2, 4 and 6 click on this link. Without further ado. . .

2018 Elections for seats on the County Commission:

Election Date: August 28, 2018 [Primary] and/or November 6, 2018 [General Election].

Term Begins: Second Tuesday following the Election.


  • Registered voter.
  • Must reside in the district at the time of qualifying and during the term of office.

Term of Office: 4 years.

Electorate: Registered voters of the district.

Qualifying Period: Noon, June 18, 2018 through noon, June 22, 2018.

Qualifying Fee [not required if a candidate by petition; see below]:

  • Partisan $5,999.82
  • Non Partisan $3,999.88

Method of Qualifying:

Qualifying fee in the amount of 6% of the annual salary for partisan or 4% for non-partisan.


Number of petitions needed:
  • District #2 – 1,071
  • District #4 – 1,444
  • District #6 – 1,254

Petition forms can be downloaded from the Division of Elections website. Candidates are responsible for reproducing the petitions.

[Click on this link to download petition forms.]

Click on image to enlarge:
This is form DS-DE 104. For a list of all other candidate forms click on this link.

Petitions must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections office prior to noon, May 21, 2018.

Filing Documents: Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository.


Statement of Candidate Qualifying Documents: Candidate Oath – Candidate with Party Affiliation.


Candidate Oath – Candidate with No Party Affiliation.


Form 6 – Full & Public Disclosure of Financial Interests 2017.

Lastly, once again: The deadline to file petitions to get your name on the ballot is next Monday, May 21st, prior to noon.