The City of Palm Coast conducts elections in even years. In 2024, seats 1 and 3, as well as the seat for Mayor, will be held concurrently with the 2024 primary and general elections. Although, Florida closed primary elections, any City of Palm Coast voter is welcome to vote in any and all city elections at the primary.
The City Clerk is the qualifying officer for the City of Palm Coast Council candidates. Please contact the City Clerk for the appropriate documents and for more information regarding the current open Council seats.
Candidates for City Council
Candidates for City Council must be a qualified elector of the City of Palm Coast and must reside within the City of Palm Coast for at least 45 weeks in each year. Candidates must reside within the District they are running for. Mayoral candidates must reside within the City limits of Palm Coast.
Candidate handbooks may be picked up at the City Clerk's office in February of the year of the election. This handbook will outline everything a person must do and know about becoming a candidate. Should a candidate wish to begin his/her campaign prior to February, they may contact the City Clerk's office to obtain the required forms; however, the handbooks may not be available at that time.
To qualify to run, a candidate for a district seat must...
Submit a petition supporting his or her candidacy to the City Clerk containing the signatures of at least 1% of the electorate residing within the district (as delineated from the previous election)
Pay a qualifying fee of 10% of the salary of the office he/she seeks.
In seeking election for Mayor, a candidate must...
Submit a petition supporting his or her candidacy to the City Clerk containing the signatures of at least 1% of the City electorate residing within the City (as delineated from the previous election).
Pay a qualifying fee of 10% of the salary of the office he or she seeks.
Prior to announcing his/her candidacy, collecting campaign contributions and/or petitions, a resident must submit executed DS DE 9 and DS DE 84 forms with the City Clerk’s office. Once the City Clerk has received these forms, the candidate can open a Campaign Bank Account and begin campaigning.
Further information regarding relating to how to proceed once a candidate has qualified is outlined in the candidate handbook and will be reviewed with each candidate at the time of the handbook is picked up from the City Clerk's Office.