Run for Office

Onward to 2021 and Beyond

Are you interested in becoming a candidate for local, state or national office? The Candidate Recruitment Committee recruits and advises potential candidates ready, willing and able to give their time and energy to public service. We offer workshops for our candidates, campaign strategists, and volunteers in Pensacola. We are searching for committed Democratic leaders of integrity, ability, and vision.

Contact Our Team 

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections
850-595-3900 • 213 Palafox Place, 2nd Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502

Candidate Resources

If you're thinking about running for office, do your research. Before deciding to run, you will need to find answers to some questions, including: Which office is right for me? How much money will I have to raise? How much time will I need to spend campaigning?


Politics the Wellstone Way
NOI's Candidate Project: Should I Run? 
Emily's List: Making the Dough Rise (fundraising)
Why Don't Women Run for Office?


National Democratic Training Committee
(Free online training for Democratic candidates) 
Front Line Leaders Academy
New American Leaders Project
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
Democracy for America Training

Candidate training for women:
Running Start
Emerge America
Ruth's List Florida
Emily's List
Truman Project

Candidate training for LGBT:
Victory Institute 

2021 Qualifying Dates for Candidates

Federal and Judicial Offices: To be announced
State and Local Offices: To be announced

Petition Submission Deadline

Federal & Judicial Offices: To be announced
State & Local Offices: To be announced

Changes in rules due to Covid-19 Pandemic:

  • Candidate qualifying forms can now be submitted via email.
  • Candidate qualifying forms requiring notarization have been updated to allow for online presence before a notary.
  • Candidate petitions can be collected and submitted via email; however, the voter signature must still match the signature on file. 


Offices Up for Election in 2020

United States President
Donald Trump (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

Representative in Congress
District 1: Matt Gaetz (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

State Attorney
William “Bill” Eddins (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

Public Defender
Bruce A. Miller (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

State Senator
District 1: Doug Broxson (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020

State House of Representatives
District 1:  Mike Hill (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020
District 3: Alex Andrade (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Pam Childers (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

David Morgan (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

Property Appraiser
Scott Lunsford (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

Tax Collector
Chris C. Jones (Democrat) • Term expires 1/2021

Supervisor of Elections
David Stafford (Republican) • Term expires 1/2021

Escambia County Commission
District 1: Jeff Bergosh (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020
District 3: Lumon May (Democrat) • Term expires 11/2020
District 5: Steven Barry (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA)
District 1: Vicki Campbell (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020
District 3: Dr. Cedric L. Alexander (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020
District 5: Dr. Larry Walker (Republican) • Term expires 11/2020


Circuit Court Judges, First Judicial Court
Group 10: W. Joel Boles • Term expires 1/2021
Group 16: Jan Shackelford • Term expires 1/2021
Group 17: Edward Nickinson • Term expires 1/2021
Group 20: Michael G. Allen • Term expires 1/2021
Group 22: Jennie Kinsey • Term expires 1/2021

Escambia County Court Judges
Group 2: Charles Young • Term expires 1/2021

Escambia County School Board
District 4: Patty Hightower • Term expires 11/2020
District 5: Bill Slayton • Term expires 11/2020

Pensacola City Council
District 1: P.C. Wu • Term expires 11/2020
District 3: Andy Terhaar • Term expires 11/2020
District 5: John Jerralds • Term expires 11/2020
District 7: Jewel Cannada-Wynn • Term expires 11/2020

Escambia Soil and Water Conservation District
Group 1: Betty Wilson • Term expires 1/2021
Group 3: Anne Bennett • Term expires 1/2021
Group 5: Vacant • Term expires 1/2021

Santa Rosa Island Authority
Thomas A. Campanella (elected by Precinct 94) • Term expires 1/2021

Century Mayor
Henry Hawkins • Term expires 1/2021

Century Town Council
Seat 1: Ann Brooks • Term expires 1/2021
Seat 2: Luis Gomez, Jr. • Term expires 1/2021

Take Action

Educate Yourself on the Issues

Be an informed voter. Make it your responsibility to learn about the candidates, your elected officials, and current issues that matter on the local, state and national level. Read news articles regularly, research and analyze. Support good journalism. Subscribe to and read the Pensacola News Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Atlantic, and others.

Sign up to receive Escambia Democratic Party News via email. You can find our signup form (at the bottom of our Home page).

A selection of political resources:

Use Your Voice

Write Letters to the Editor for publication or contact your elected officials to express your views. Speak up at your City Council and County Commission meetings. 

Viewpoints and Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor in newspapers reach a wide audience. Your words can influence public opinion and policy makers. Write about what matters to you and give a personal angle. Current issues that need to be addressed include women's rights, immigration reform, climate change, gun violence prevention, health care, and education. Remember to follow guidelines on length, keep a positive tone, and stay on point.

Submit your letter to the Pensacola News Journal


President Donald Trump
(202) 224-5274
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500



Senator Rick Scott
Washington Office: 202-224-5274
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Tallahassee Office: (850)942-8415
111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee,  FL 32301


Senator Marco Rubio
Washington Office: 305-418-8553 or 202-224-3041
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 

Pensacola Office: 850-433-2603
700 South Palafox Street, Suite 125
Pensacola, Florida 32502



Representative Matt Gaetz

Washington Office: 202-225-4136
507 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 

District Office: 850-479-1183
226 South Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32502



Governor Ron DeSantis
(850) 488-7146
Executive Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 



Senator Doug Broxson

[email protected]
Capitol Office: 850-487-5001
318 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399 

District Office: 850-595-1036
418 West Garden Street
Fourth Floor Room 403
Pensacola, FL 32502 



Representative Mike Hill

[email protected]
Capitol Office: 850-717-5001
1401 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

District Office: 850-595-5690
8800 North 9th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32514-8058



Representative Robert Alexander (Alex) Andrade

[email protected]
Capitol Office: (850) 717-5002
222 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

District Office: (850) 595-0467
226 South Palafox, Suite 401B
Pensacola, FL 32502-5828

2020 Important Dates Polling Places