Monday, August 08, 2011

Candidates Can Qualify For Peachtree City Municipal Election Week of August 29 – September 2

Candidates qualifying for Peachtree City’s November 8 General Election begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, and will run through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 2. All candidates who run for office must come to City Hall to fill out a Candidate Affidavit and pay the $180 Qualifying Fee between those dates. The two seats up for election are Post 1, currently held by Eric Imker, and Post 2, currently held by Doug Sturbaum.

Prior to qualifying or accepting any campaign contributions, candidates must also file a Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI form) with the City.

City Clerk Betsy Tyler said, “We have a packet of information available at City Hall for anyone considering running for one of the two Council posts this fall.” Tyler continued, “One of the new requirements that the State has advised us about is the need to have the DOI on file before the qualifying fee is paid because, even if a candidate does not accept contributions from others, the qualifying fee is considered a personal contribution to the campaign.”

Candidates for office must keep careful records of contributions to campaigns and file reports regularly with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC), and should review the applicable state laws and regulations that set forth the requirements for such reports. The public can review candidate reports at GGTCFC’s website,

The November 8 General Election will also include a bond referendum question asking the voters to decide whether to allow alcohol package sales on Sunday.

If a run-off is necessary because no candidate for City Council receives over 50% of the vote, the run-off election will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The last day for voters to register to be eligible to vote in the election is Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

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