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2017 General Election for Mayor and Council Posts 3 & 4

Peachtree City will hold a general municipal election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the purpose of electing the Mayor and Council Members for Post 3 (:earmard) and Post 4 (Ernst). Candidates who are elected in said election shall serve for a term of four years. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and be a qualified elector of the City and must have continuously resided in Peachtree City for at least six months immediately preceding the election.

Qualifying will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Monday, August 21, 2017, and closing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017. Candidates will qualify at City Hall with the City Clerk. The qualifying fees are $540 for Mayor and $360 for the Council Posts. 

Voter registration for the election will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017.

Polls will be open on Election Day, November 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on the day of the run-off election, if required.

A run off election, if required, shall be held on December 5, 2017.

Candidate Q&A

When is the municipal election? 

In Georgia, the general election is held the Tuesday after the first Monday of November.  In 2017, the election will be held on November 7.  The runoff election, if needed, will be on December 5, 2017  (Candidates must receive 50% plus one vote to win the seat).

What offices will be elected? 
Mayor, City Council Post 3 (Kim Learnard), and Post 4 (Terry Ernst) 

How long is the term? 
4 years

When can I announce my candidacy for office?
A candidate may announce at any time, but must register with the City Clerk’s office before accepting any campaign contributions.  Regular reports on campaign funds and expenditures will also be required.  

Qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21, and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, at City Hall.  The last day to file and publish notice as a write-in candidate is September 1. 

What forms are due in addition to the qualifying affidavits?
All forms are filed at the City Clerk’s office:
  • NOI - Notice of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (must be filed before accepting any contributions)
  • ROC – Registration of a Campaign Committee (if you will have a committee working for your campaign)
  • NOC - Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit – This is the Qualifying Form due August 21 – 25.
  • CCDR – Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report – Due 9/30, 10/25, and 12/31
    • OR Affidavit of $5,000 or less in contributions extends filing to 10/25
    • OR Affidavit of $2,500 or less in total contributions eliminates filing requirement
  • FDR – Financial Disclosure Report – due 15 days after candidate’s qualifying date.

Contact the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (www.ethics.ga.gov) for more information on filing requirements and forms.

What is the qualifying fee?
The qualifying fee for a Council Post is $360.  The qualifying fee for Mayor is $540.  This is 3% of the annual 2016 salary for these seats and is the minimum amount required by State law.

What other qualifications do I have to meet? 
A candidate must be at least 21 years old, registered and eligible to vote in the election, and must be a Peachtree City resident for at least six months prior to the election.

If elected, what salary would I receive?
City Council members receive $12,000 per year in monthly installments, and the Mayor receives $18,000 per year in monthly installments.

What is the voter registration deadline for the election? 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017. 

What time do the polls open/close on Election Day?
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on each Election Day.  However, any voter who is in line waiting to vote at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.  Early voting and advance voting will also be held by the Fayette County Board of Elections in accordance with state law.

Can I wear a campaign button into the polling place?
No person may campaign; distribute literature of written or printed matter of any kind; wear campaign buttons, signs, pins, stickers, T-shirts, etc.; circulate petitions; or perform similar activities within 150 feet of the building in which a polling place is located.

Where can I obtain additional information? 

Georgia Secretary of State  
www.sos.state.ga.us or 404-656-2871

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission
www.ethics.ga.gov or 404-463-1980

Fayette County Elections Office 
www.fayettecountyga.gov/elections or 770-305-5408

City Clerk’s Office 
Peachtree City City Hall
151 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City

Betsy Tyler, City Clerk - 

Pam Dufresne, Deputy City Clerk -