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NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Candidate qualifying for City of Miami Mayor, Commission Districts 3 and 5, for the November 7, 2017, General Municipal Election will be held at the Office of the City Clerk, Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133, beginning on September 8, 2017, and ending on September 23, 2017. During this period, the Office of the City Clerk will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

It is respectfully requested of all prospective candidates call, in advance, in order to set up an appointment for qualifying as a candidate. Appointments can be made by calling the Office of the City Clerk at 305-250-5361 (TTY users may call via the Florida Relay Service by dialing 711).

The following documents are REQUIRED to qualify as a candidate:

1) Form DS-DE 9 - Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of
    Campaign Depository
2) Form DS-DE 84 - Statement of Candidate
3) Affidavit of Candidate
4) Form 1 Statement of Financial Interests
5) Form DS-DE 25 - Loyalty Oath
6) Acknowledgement by Candidates Covered by the Mandatory Provision of the
    Ethical Campaign Practices Ordinance

The following documents are OPTIONAL to qualify as a candidate:

1) City of Miami Loyalty Oath
2) Declaration and First Amendment Waiver for Candidates Who Agree to Comply  
    with the Voluntary Statement of Fair Campaign Practices

To become a qualified candidate for mayor of the City of Miami, you must be a resident of the city for at least one (1) year prior to qualifying, be a registered voter and shall be a qualified elector in the City of Miami.

To become a qualified candidate for commissioner of the City of Miami you must be a resident for a minimum of one (1) year before qualifying in the Commission District for which you are running, be a registered voter and a qualified elector in the City of Miami. 

Additionally, candidates must pay at the time of qualifying a City of Miami Qualifying Fee of $100 and a State of Florida Assessment Fee equal to one percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought.  These fees can only be paid with a check from a campaign account.



November 7, 2017 General Election
Signs can be displayed on private property beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017
Signs must be removed from private property no later than Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 21, 2017 Run-Off Election (if required)
Candidates participating in a Run-Off Election may continue to keep their signs displayed on private property until Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

MIAMI 21 - Section 10.3.1 Class A Signs (Temporary)
For the purposes of this Article, Class A Signs shall be removed from the event or location to which they are related in a timeframe described below, unless otherwise specified.

c.  Class A (political election signs).  No Sign permit shall be required for political election signs displayed on private property. Such political election signs shall be permitted no earlier than three (3) months prior to the date of the election and removed within fifteen (15) days after the election. All such political election signs shall be subject to the following regulations:

1.  In T5-L,O, T6-L,O, CI, CI-HD, D1, D2 and D3 Transect Zones, Signs shall not exceed fifteen (15) square feet in aggregate of Sign surface  Area; or

2.  In T3, T4, T5-R and T6-R Transect Zones, Signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in ag-gregate of Sign surface Area.

Miami City Code Section 54-9 Placing signs, advertisements, or displays on any portion of public right-of-way, street or sidewalk surface.
(a)  Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to post, stick, stamp, stencil, write, paint, erect or place a sign upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb, or any portion of the public right-of-way, including but not limited to, any trash receptacles, lamp post, electric light, telegraph, telephone, or utility line pole, hydrant, parking meter, bus bench or shelter, news rack, shade tree or tree box, any wall, fence or barricade, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or other parts of any public bridge, overpass or viaduct, or any public structure or building except signs, advertisements, or displays authorized or required by the city, or by the laws or resolutions of the United States, the state, or the city. This subsection shall be enforced pursuant to the provisions of section 1-13.



Pursuant to Section 12-14.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade County (MDC), candidates running for municipal office, whose paid poll workers are engaged in Vote-by-Mail (formerly known as absentee ballot) activities must file form MD-ED 26, entitled "Vote-by-Mail Campaign Report" (formerly known as "Paid Campaign Workers Participating In Absentee Ballot Activities") with the Office of the City Clerk. The MD-ED 26 form is due at the same time Campaign Treasurer's Reports are due.



In accordance with Miami-Dade County Ordinances Nos. 16-46 and 16-75, codified in Sections 12-14.2 and 12-14.2.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, respectively, municipal elected officers and municipal candidates must file form MD-ED 28 to publicly disclose their fundraising activities for Political Committees, Electioneering Communications Organizations, organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (except for homeowners associations) and/or Political Parties.

Effective January 1, 2017, each candidate for municipal office in Miami-Dade County shall ensure that their designated campaign treasurer shall, within five (5) days of commencing solicitation activities, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of a Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501 (c)(4) Organization or Political Party, file a one-time report with the City Clerk indicating that the candidate is undertaking solicitation activities on behalf of such Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501 (c)(4) Organization or Political Party. The report shall identify the name of the Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501 (c)(4) Organization or Political Party on behalf of whom such funds are being solicited and a description of the relationship between the candidate and Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501(c)(4) Organization or Political Party. The report shall be filed on a form MD-ED 28.



Pursuant to Florida Statutes 101.131, each candidate may have one poll watcher in each polling room or early voting area at any one time during the election. Each candidate requesting to have poll watchers shall designate, in writing, utilizing Form DS-DE 125, before noon of the second Tuesday preceding the election, poll watchers for each polling room on Election Day, and before noon at least 14 days before early voting begins for early voting sites. Form DS-DE 125 MUST be submitted to the City Clerk.


If you have any questions regarding this information please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 305-250-5361.


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