Definition of “Candidate”
See O.C.G.A. 21-5-3(4) for a formal, legal definition of this term.
Are you a candidate?
There are a number of actions that will make a person be considered a “candidate” for the purposes of the Act
- Have you filed a Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions form? 
- Have you qualified for election or qualified for nomination for election?
- Have you received contributions  or made expenditures  designed to bring about your election or nomination for election?
- Have you authorized a campaign committee  to receive contributions or make expenditures designed to bring about your election or nomination for election?
All of these actions confer candidate status. If you answered YES to any of the questions above, even if you have not yet formally qualified as a candidate, you are required to file Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports. Please see next section on Filing Responsibilities for Candidates and Candidate Committees.
Do you need to form a Candidate Committee?
See About Candidate Committees  for more information