Qualifying to Run for Office

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Running for Office

To be eligible for office in the City of Roswell, a person must:
  • Must meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the City of Roswell, as prescribed by state law;
  • Must have attained the age of twenty-one (21) years prior to the date of the election;
  • Must have been a bona fide resident of the City of Roswell for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the election;
  • Continue to reside in Roswell during that member's period of service.

Qualifying Fees

Qualifying fees, as required by state law (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-131), are $540 for Council, $1,200 for Mayor, and $1,386 for Municipal Judge. The qualifying fees are three (3) percent of the total gross salary of the office sought (Roswell City Code Section 6.2.3). Qualifying fees shall accompany Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit form during qualifying week only.
Qualifying Dates (Set by state law)
The qualifying dates for the City of Roswell November 5, 2019 Municipal Election were August 19-23, 2019. Qualifying is now closed.

City of Roswell November 5, 2019 Municipal Election Positions
  • City Council Post 1
  • City Council Post 2
  • City Council Post 3
  • Municipal Judge

Candidates Qualified for the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election
  • City Councilmember: Post 1
    • Donald J. Horton
    • Marcelo Zapata (Incumbent)

  • City Councilmember: Post 2
    • Michael Palermo (Incumbent)
    • Geoff Smith

  • City Councilmember: Post 3
    • Keith Goeke
    • Christine Hall
    • Lisa Holland
    • Kay Howell

  • Municipal Judge
    • Brian Hansford (Incumbent)
    • Philip Mansell

Council Positions

Council positions are designated by post numbers one through six. All candidates qualifying to run shall state the position to which they seek election. City elections are non-partisan, i.e., candidates do not run as members of a particular political party, and their individual party affiliations are not relevant to their positions in Roswell City Government. Please note that all Council posts serve at large, which means they represent the whole City and not just one district.

Taking Office

Elected officials take office the first Monday in January after the election. Any person desiring to become a candidate shall file a Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit form with the City Clerk.

Additional Information

Those persons who have decided to run for an office should notify the City Clerk to obtain qualifying information by email or calling 770-594-6280.

If you intend to start collecting campaign funds even before qualifying, a Declaration of Intent (DOI) form will need to be submitted online to the State Ethics office at roswell-ga.transparencypro.com. Please note that when you submit the DOI, you will need to declare the post you are seeking. All reports (campaign finance reports) will be submitted online at roswell-ga.transparencypro.com.

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