2017 Qualifying Information

The qualifying period will begin Monday, August 21 and will end Wednesday, August 23. The hours for qualifying will be from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM each day. Qualifying will be held in Suite 303 located on the third floor of the Administration Building (300 Henry Ward Way). This is the time when individuals desiring to run for office will file affidavits, pay qualiyfing fees and address other matters related to candidacy.

Qualifying fees were established via Business Resolution 2017-05 and were published in The Gainesville Times on January 30, 2017 as follows:

                                 Seat            Fee
    Mayor            $831.00
    Council Member, Ward 1            $786.00
    Council Member, Ward 4            $786.00
    Board of Education Member, District 1            $174.60
    Board of Education Member, District 4            $174.60


Individuals unable to pay the qualifying fee may file an Affidavit to Qualify in Forma Pauperis with a Qualifying Petition for Filing as a Pauper during the qualifying period.

Write-In candidates must submit written notice to the City Clerk by August 30, 2017 and and meet other requirements setforth in the State of Georgia Election Code.

Send questions to cityclerk@gainesville.org.