Commission Candidates Guidelines

Elections for City Commissioners

City elections are held on even years.  The City Code provides for staggered City Commission Seat elections; Seats 1, 2 and 3 are on one ballot, while Seats 4 and 5 are on the next election cycle. Commissioners and the Mayor run at large with Seat assignments. The term of office is four years. 

Qualifications to Run For Elected City Office

A Candidate must:

  • be a resident of the City
  • be a registered voter
  • have continuously resided in the City for one year, immediately prior to filing for a Commission Seat

Declared and Qualified Candidate

  • Declared Candidates: can file paperwork with the City Clerk at any time prior to the Qualifying Period,  to declare that they are running for office. To declare to run, a Candidate must complete and submit the following forms: DS-DE 9  - Appointment of Treasurer and DS-DE 84 - Statement of Candidate
  • Qualified Candidates: Once the forms are time-stamped by the City Clerk, the Candidate takes the forms to the Bank to open an Election Campaign Account.  To appear on the Election Ballot, a Candidate must submit, to the City Clerk, all the Qualifying Forms (see below), and pay the Qualifying Fees from the Election Campaign Account  

Candidate Qualifying Period

  • Per City Code, the Candidate Qualifying Period begins at Noon on Monday of the thirteenth week, prior to the election, until Noon the following Friday.  

Candidate Responsibilities

2020 Election Commission Candidate Seats

The City of Cocoa Beach will be holding a General Election on November 3, 2020. Three Commission Seats are up for election. The term of each office is four years

  • Commissioner Seat #2 (currently filled by Commissioner Ed Martinez)
  • Commissioner Seat #3 (currently filled by Commissioner Karalyn Woulas)
  • Mayor-Commissioner Seat #1 (currently filled by Mayor Ben Malik)

2020 Election Qualifying Period

The 2020 Election Qualifying Period is: Noon, August 3  to Noon, August 7, 2020 

2020 Election Declare To Run for Office Forms

A Candidate may declare at any time, prior to the week of August 3, 2020, that they plan to run for office. Required Forms to must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk are:

2020 Qualifying Forms and Fees

A Candidate must submit all Qualifying Forms to the City Clerk during the City Qualifying Period 

The City of Cocoa Beach posts all Candidate submittals on the City’s Website.  To ensure that the paperwork is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) complaint, the City requires that ADA formatted forms are used and information is typed in, rather than hand written

2020 Election Laws and Treasurer Reports

NOTICE TO CITY CANDIDATES: 
Campaign Contributions Limits: For the City of Cocoa Beach, the City Code, rather than the State Statutes, sets the contribution limits per election, $250 per donor, per electionOrdinance No. 1586

To ensure that all Candidate paperwork is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) complaint, the City requires that ADA formatted forms are used and information is typed in, rather than hand written

Political Signs Rules