Qualifying begins for first Tucker City Council elections

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 7, 2015
Julian Saden (right) and Codey Bearden hang out in downtown Tucker during the election night party on Nov. 3. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Julian Saden (right) and Codey Bearden hang out in downtown Tucker during the election night party on Nov. 3.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The newly-created city of Tucker will hold its first elections for city council soon.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of the new city in the Nov. 3 elections.

Tucker will have a population of over 30,000 people. Its western border will run along I-285 and its southern boundary will include portions of Stone Mountain Freeway and East Ponce de Leon Avenue. Tucker will elect two council members from each of its three proposed districts, plus a mayor, in nonpartisan races.

Qualifying officially begins today, Dec. 7, according to a news release from cityhood supporters. The first election will be held on March 1, 2016.

If you’re planning to run, get your checkbook ready. Qualifying fees for this election are hefty. Running for mayor will cost $600 and city council will cost $420. Decatur recently held City Commission elections and charged $144 to qualify.

Here is the full announcement from Tucker 2015:

City of Tucker
Candidate Information

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Below is the information from the DeKalb County Board of Elections for being a candidate in the upcoming City of Tucker elections.

http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/pdf/CallTuckerMayor.pdf


CALL FOR AND NOTICE OF ELECTION
TUCKER OFFICE OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

MARCH 1, 2016 SPECIAL ELECTION

TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF TUCKER, WITHIN DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA:

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 1st day of March, 2016, a special election will be held in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary for the purpose of selecting a Mayor and six Council Members for the City of Tucker. There shall be three districts, designated as Council Districts 1 through 3. Each council district will consist of two Posts, 1 and 2. Each candidate for election to the city council must reside in the district he or she seeks to represent.

– Mayor – Term will end 2017 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 1, Post 1 – Term will end 2017 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 1, Post 2 – Term will end 2019 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 2, Post 1 – Term will end 2017 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 2, Post 2 – Term will end 2019 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 3, Post 1 – Term will end 2017 upon administration of oath of office to successor
– Councilmember, District 3, Post 2 – Term will end 2019 upon administration of oath of office to successor
Each candidate will file notice of his or her candidacy and affidavit in the office of DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur, Georgia. Qualifying will start Monday, December 7, 2015, beginning at 9:00 A. M., and continue until Friday, December 11, at 4:30 P.M.

The qualifying fee for Mayor is $600.00 and for City Council member is $420.00.


From the City of Tucker Charter Article II:
Section 2.02:

No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless that person shall have been a resident of the City of Tucker for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of election for mayor or councilmember, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Tucker. In addition to the above requirements, no person shall be eligible to serve as a councilmember representing a council district unless that person continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service.

Section 2.07

The mayor will earn $20,000 while each council member will earn $14,000 annually.

We encourage anyone interested in running for office to read the entire City of Tucker Charter.

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