Marietta posts details of qualifying to run in upcoming municipal election

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The City of Marietta posted the following announcement on its Facebook page about the upcoming municipal elections for mayor, city council, and school board.

Important information! The next election for Mayor, Council and Board of Education will be November 2, 2021. On Monday,…

Posted by City of Marietta, Ga., Government on Friday, August 13, 2021

The document explaining the process for running for office contains the following information:

Qualifying fees and deadlines

OFFICES (nonpartisan races):

•Mayor (elected city-wide)

•Seven (7) Council seats (elected by Ward)

•Seven (7) Board of Education seats (elected by Ward)

QUALIFYING FEES:

Mayor……………………………………….$756.00

Council……………………………………..$567.00

Board of Education…………………….$207.36

QUALIFYING PERIOD:

(Ord. 8206, Approved 1/13/2021)

Monday, August 16, 2021 -Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hours of qualifying shall be between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m (closed 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch

QUALIFICATIONS:

Mayor:

To be eligible for the office of Mayor:

  • Shall be at least 21years of age.
  • Shall meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the city, as prescribed by state law.
  • Shall not be ineligible for public office pursuant to code section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A.

The residency requirement for a candidate for Mayor shall be

  • 12 months residency within the municipality.
  • Shall not be eligible who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude unless such person’s civil rights have been restored.
  • Shall continue to reside within the city limits for which elected during term of office

Council:

To be eligible for the office of Council:-

  • Shall be at least 21 years of age.
  • Shall meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the city, as prescribed by state law.
  • Shall not be ineligible for public office pursuant to code section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A.
  • Shall be a bona fide resident of the ward from which he seeks election for the same period of time required by code section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. for residency of municipal officers within the city, which is 12 months residency.
  • Shall not be eligible who have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude unless such person’s civil rights have been restored.
  • Shall continue to reside within the city ward for which elected during term of office.

Board of Education:

To be eligible for the office of Board of Education a person:

  • Has to be a citizen of the United States;
  • Has to be at least 21 years of age;
  • Has to be registered to vote as prescribed by state law; and
  • Has to meet the residency requirements set forth in the Marietta City Code Section 2.202(e), which reads: “The residency requirements for a person seeking to be elected to the board of education shall be:
  • (1) In the case of a general election, the person shall be a resident of the ward for which the office is sought on or before July 1 next preceding the date of taking of office and, in addition, the person shall be a resident of the City of Marietta on or before January 1 next preceding the date of taking office; and
  • (2) In the case of a special election, the person shall be a resident of the ward for which the office is sought for a minimum of six (6) months next preceding the date of taking of office and, in addition, the person shall be a resident of the City of Marietta for a minimum of 12 months next preceding the date of taking of office; provided, however, that the residency requirements for 1993 shall be the lessor of the requirements set forth in this paragraph or the effective date of this law pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1973 (C).”

For more information visit the General Information page for Marietta elections.

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