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SS.7.C.2.9 - Candidates & Elections

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.2.9 & SS.7.C.2.7

C.2.9 - Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads.

C.2.7 - Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process and its impact on a school, community, or local level.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will identify the constitutional requirements to run for federal political office. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the requirements to run for state and local political office. Read more!
  • Students will be able to analyze and/or evaluate the qualifications of candidates for public office based on their experience, platforms, debates, and political advertisements. Read more!


Example One (Low Complexity)

Which is a constitutional requirement to run for Congress?

A. U.S. permanent resident

B. at least 25 years old

C. at least 30 years old

D. U.S. citizen


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The political campaign posters below are for two candidates running for mayor.


According to the information on the posters, what is the reason Maria could be considered more qualified than Todd to be elected mayor?

A. her political policies

B. her college education

C. her campaign promises

D. her experience working in government


Example Three (High Complexity)

The poster below is from a recent election.


Based on the poster, what conclusion can be drawn about the candidate?

A. Doug is running for judge.

B. Doug is running for mayor.

C. Doug is running for president.

D. Doug is running for city council.


C.2.9 - Vocabulary

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Discovery Education


  • Presidential Debates (total length 0:51) from Federal Government: Electing a President: The Process
  • The Requirements for Becoming President (total length 0:48) from Federal Government: Electing a President: The Process
  • Qualifications for Federal Representatives and Senators (total length 0:45) from Federal Government: The Legislative Branch

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 10, Section 4 - p. 263-265