General Election Information
The City of Clarkston election type for Mayor is by majority vote, with the candidate needing 50% plus one (1) vote to win. The election type for Council Members is plurality with the candidates for council members receiving the greatest, second greatest, and third greatest number of votes cast for council members shall be elected. You must declare the office you are running for when you qualify as a candidate.
The qualifying fee for a Council seat is currently $105.00 (one hundred five dollars) and for Mayor is $195.00 (one hundred ninety-five dollars), which is 3% of the total gross salary of the preceding year (Georgia Election Code 21-2-131).
The qualifications to run for office include:
- Candidate must be 18 years old,
- A Citizen of the United States
- A bona fide resident of the City of Clarkston for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election
- Must have no debts outstanding against them in favor of the city, county or state.
- The candidate must be registered and qualified to vote in the municipal elections for the City of Clarkston and continue this qualification throughout their term of office.
Candidate must continue to reside in the City of Clarkston during their period of service;
Candidates elected to office in the November election take office in the month of January of the following year. They will be sworn in at the first Council meeting of the year. For questions or for more information please contact Tracy Ashby, City Clerk, at 404-296-6489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandatory Newly Elected Officials Training
State law (36-45-1-9) requires that all candidates elected must attend the Newly Elected Officials Institute offered through GMA and the University of Georgia.
Campaign Finance and Required Filings/Reports
If you are planning to run for office and accept campaign funds contact the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, as there are forms to fill out before campaign funds are accepted. There are also Campaign Disclosure reports to fill out. These reports are required by the Ethics in Government Act of the State of Georgia. Visit their website for important candidate requirements and information.
Brief Overview of Candidate Filing Responsibilities
Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) – Mandatory, candidate must file DOI before collecting campaign contributions
PIN application (CCDR and PFDS) –necessary to receive Filer ID, for E-filing CCDRs and PFDS(State Elections), should be filed as early as possible to ensure all CCDRs and PFDS can be filed online
Registration of Campaign Committee (RC) Optional, only if candidate wants a campaign committee
Choosing the Option of Separate Accounting (COOSA) Optional, only if candidate wants to collect contributions for more than one campaign at a time
Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports (CCDR) – Mandatory, must be filed according to appropriate schedule (see election year, non-election year schedule
Two Business Day report of Contributions Received – (TBD) Mandatory, if candidate receives contributions of $1,000.00 or more between date of last CCDR and the date of the election, must report within two days of receipt.
Personal Financial Disclosure Statement (PFDS) – Mandatory, must be filed shortly after qualifying as a candidate (within 15 days after qualifying for most candidates, within 7 days after qualifying for candidates for statewide office)
CAMPAIGN RECORD KEEPING – mandatory, candidate or campaign committee must keep records of all contributions and expenditures