NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION AND QUALIFIED CANDIDATES

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that a General Election will be held in the City of Clarkston on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to elect a mayor and 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 2022 meeting of the City Council.

Persons wishing to qualify for this election may file a Notice of Candidacy with the Municipal Election Superintendent at the Clarkston City Hall Annex, 1055 Rowland Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, beginning on Monday, August 16, 2021, to Wednesday, August 18, 2021, except during a daily lunchbreak from 12:00pm -1:00pm.

The qualifying fee for Mayor is $450 and the qualifying fee for council member is $360.

Qualifying Affidavit and Packet will be posted online Friday, August 13.  Affidavit can only be submitted during the qualifying period. 


The qualifications to run for Clarkston 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, 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 2021. Dates will be provided in November. 

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. For any questions please Contact the State Campaign Finance Office.  Visit their website for important candidate requirements and information. Click Here for helpful FAQ on Reporting and Filing information for Campaign Forms. 

Brief Overview of Candidate Filing Responsibilities
The Forms DOI, CCDR and PFD
and MUST BE filed with the CITY,  All other forms are sent by the Candidate to the State Campaign Finance Office address/email/number as indicated on the Form.

Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) – Mandatory, candidate must file DOI, File Form with the Locale Filing Officer (CITY) before collecting campaign contributions

Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports (CCDR) – Mandatory, must be filed according to appropriate schedule (see election year, non-election year schedule, File Form with the Locale Filing Officer (CITY)

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), File Form with the Locale Filing Officer (CITY)

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, Form Filed DIRECTLY to State Campaign Finance

Registration of Campaign Committee (RC) Optional, only if candidate wants a campaign committee, Form Filed DIRECTLY to State Campaign Finance

Choosing the Option of Separate Accounting (COOSA) Optional, only if candidate wants to collect contributions for more than one campaign at a time, Form Filed DIRECTLY to State Campaign Finance

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. Form Filed DIRECTLY to State Campaign Finance

CAMPAIGN RECORD KEEPING – mandatory, candidate or campaign committee must keep records of all contributions and expenditures