To the Candidate

The details of the Municipal Qualifying period for the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for the City of Douglasville are as follows:
 What: Qualifying Period
 When:  Monday, August 19, 2019 through and including Thursday, August 22, 2019
 Times:  8:30 am until 12:00 noon AND 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm each day
 Where:  Office of the City Clerk in City Hall located at 6695 Church Street
 Qualifying fee:
$1,188.00 Mayor 
$   387.00 Councilmember

The offices to be elected: 
1) Mayor
2) Council Member, Ward 2 Post 2
3) Council Member, Ward 4
4) Council Member, Ward 5

The Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit is due at the time of qualifying along with the qualifying fee.

Thank you for your interest in Douglasville city government. The City of Douglasville is governed by a mayor and seven (7) Council members. The mayor shall be elected at large by the electors of the city. Councilmembers shall be elected from five districts by the electors of their respective districts. One councilmember shall be elected from each of Districts 1, 4, and 5; and two councilmembers shall be elected from each of Districts 2 and 3.

The members of the city council shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless that person shall be at least 21 years of age and shall have been a resident of the city for 12 months prior to the date of the election of mayor or members of the city council; each shall continue to reside therein during that person's period of service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. Candidates seeking election as councilmember from a district must reside within such district from which they seek election as of the date upon which they qualify to run for office, or, if a write-in candidate, upon the date on which they give notice of their intention of candidacy as required by O.C.G.A. 21-2-133, as now enacted or hereafter amended. 

The Mayor and City Council determine policies, enact legislation and provide political leadership in the community. Most regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Douglasville Conference Center. Most legislative work sessions are held on the Thursday before the Monday regular meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. Committees meetings are often held at 5:00 p.m.


Please review the materials for qualifying to run for office in the November 5, 2019 General Election. 

Items to complete and return to the City Clerk DURING the qualifying periods:

Here are some other links for your information.


Ethics Filing Information:

Please contact the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) for information on all the rules and regulations, filing requirements, and other candidate information. GGTCFC website Telephone number is 404-463-1980. Address: GGTCFC, 200 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1402, West Tower, Atlanta GA 30334. All of the forms are available from the 
GGTCFC website.

- Registration Form for a Campaign Committee for a Candidate (Form RC) if you form a campaign committee.
- Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (Form DOI) for anyone who accepts contributions - must file (file with City Clerk)
- Personal Financial Disclosure Statement (election year – TO BE FILED WITHIN 15 DAYS FROM THE DAY YOU QUALIFY) (file with City Clerk)

Local filing schedule information can be found here. It is recommended you view the training videos here.

“The Campaign Finance ACT as it applies to Candidates & Public Officials” brochure is available here

Review the Ethics Act publication.

City of Douglasville Sign Ordinance Information:

Important information about Douglasville's sign ordinance rules regarding political season for candidates. Here is Douglasville's complete sign ordinance if you'd like to read it.

Newly Elected Official State Mandated Training:
After the election, if you are a newly elected official and not a returning official, you MUST take state-mandated training through the Georgia Municipal Association. Here is some information from GMA about the Newly Elected Officials Institute training sessions.

Vicki Acker
City Clerk