Qualifying Candidate Information- November 2019 General Election

General Election Information November 5, 2019 

The City of Clarkston will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to elect three (3) Council Members to the Clarkston City Council.  The term of office is four (4) years and the elected officials will be sworn in at the January 2020 meeting of the City Council.

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. 

Persons wishing to qualify for this election may file a Notice of Candidacy with the Municipal Election Superintendent at Clarkston City Hall Annex, 1055 Rowland Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 to Friday, August 23, 2019 (Georgia Election Code 21-2-132 (d)(3).  The Qualifying fee for council is $105, represents 3% of the total gross salary of the preceding year (Georgia Election Code 21-2-131 (a) (1) (A). Each Candidate must meet the qualifications of the Charter and Code of the City of Clarkston, as well as all applicable state and constitutional laws.  

A complete Candidate packet will be available in the City Clerks Office,  during the qualifying period. 

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;

For questions or for more information please contact Tracy Ashby, City Clerk, at 404-296-6489 or email tashby@cityofclarkston.com

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. The Georgia Municipal Association will hold this 2-day training and offers two dates in 2020:

February 10-12, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
March  4-6, University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, Athens, GA 

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 each candidates must fill out before campaign funds can be 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