Tucker Q&A: City Elections
Q: How often does Tucker hold elections for City officeholders?
A: In the initial City elections of 2016, half the City Council (Post 2) was elected to a four-year term, while the Mayor and the other half of City Council (Post 1) were given abbreviated terms. The purpose of this was to stagger all ensuing elections.
Going forward, all of Tucker’s elected City leaders will serve a four-year term in office, with elections happening every two years. In 2017, City Council seats from Post 1 of Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be on the ballot. The office of Mayor will also be up for election. City Council seats from Post 2 of Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be on the ballot in 2019.
Q: When is the election scheduled to take place?
A: Tucker’s 2017 City elections are Tuesday November 7.
Q: Does the City conduct and oversee its own elections?
A: No. The City of Tucker has an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County to run all elections in the City.
Q: If someone is interested in running for office in the City of Tucker, how do they qualify?
A: Qualifying will be open August 21-23. Anyone interested in running – including current officeholders seeking re-election – should fill out paperwork at City Hall on these dates between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Q: Is there a cost to run for office in the City of Tucker?
A: Yes. The qualifying fee for the office of Mayor is $600, which is three percent of the gross salary for the office. The qualifying fee for the office of City Council is $420, also three percent of the gross salary for the office. This fee must be paid to the qualifying officer when paperwork is submitted.
Q: If I have questions about qualifying for the elections, who can I contact?
A: All questions regarding the 2017 City elections should be directed to the Qualifying Officer Jennifer Davis. She can be reached at (678) 597-9040.