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Qualifying for local elections starts on Monday

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Candidates who want to run for City Commission in Decatur and Avondale Estates and City Council in Atlanta can qualify to run next week.

Here is the qualifying information from each city.

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Races on the ballot: City Commission: District 2 and District 1, School Board: At Large, District 1 Post A,  District 2 Post A


Each candidate will file notice of his or her candidacy and the appropriate affidavit in the office of the Election Superintendent at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, Decatur, Georgia.  The opening dates for qualifying will start Monday, August 21, 2017 beginning at 8:30 A. M., and continuing until Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.  The qualifying fee for City Commission office is $144.00 and the qualifying fee for Board of Education members is $35.00

The City of Decatur has elections in odd-numbered years. To qualify as a candidate in these elections you must meet the following requirements:

(1) Has resided in the city not less than one year immediately preceding or his/her election;

(2) Is a qualified voter in municipal elections for officers of the city; and

(3) Has not been convicted and sentenced for any violation of the criminal laws of Georgia involving moral turpitude, unless such person has received a full pardon or has all rights of citizenship restored.

All city commissioners shall continue to reside within the city and within their election district, if any, during their terms of office as city commissioners.


Races on the ballot: Two city commission seats


Interested in being an Avondale EstatesCommissioner? Qualifying will be:

At City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates
From Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25
Between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and then again from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is when candidates turn in a completed qualifying packet and pay the $3 qualifying fee. The election will take place:

At City Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry Giager’s and Commissioner Randy Beebe’s terms end at the end of 2017. Per the City Charter, candidates must:

– Be a resident of the City for a continuous period of 12 months prior to the start of the qualifying period.

– Be a resident of the City during their period of service.

– Be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City.

– Not have been convicted of a felony at the time of qualification or during the period of service.

Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October 16 to November 3rd at 4380 Memorial Dr, Decatur. The last day to register to vote or change your address is October 10. Please contact Gina Hill via email or phone at 404-294-5400with any questions.


Races on the ballot: Mayor, city council president, three at large city council seats, 12 city council members, two judges, nine school board seats. Source: Ballotopedia.org.


A Municipal General Election for the City of Atlanta will be held on November 7, 2017 to fill theoffices of Mayor, City Council President, City Council Members and Board of Education Members.

Candidates shall qualify to fill the aforementioned offices at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue,Second Floor,

Atlanta, Georgia 30303; between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on:

·              Tuesday August 22, 2017

·              Wednesday August 23, 2017

·              Thursday August 24, 2017, or

·              Friday August 25 2017

Candidates may qualify by either of the following methods:

a.) Filing a Notice of Candidacy and paying a set qualifying fee to the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent or designated agent for the desired office as follows:

Mayor $5,529.00
City Council President $1,860.00
City Council Member $1,809.00
Board of Education Member $  444.00

b.) Filing a Notice of Candidacy, a Qualifying Petition and a Pauper’s Affidavit affirming under oath the candidate’s poverty or inability to pay the qualifying fee as required by O.C.G.A. Sections 21-2-132(g) and 21-2-132(h) with the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent or designated agent.

Rhonda Dauphin Johnson

Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent

City of Atlanta

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