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Regular scheduled elections are held in odd-numbered years. Individuals seeking office for the Mayor or Council Member seat must meet the requirements of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Georgia Elections Code, City Charter and the City Code of Ordinances. Visit for more information about the governing body.

The local qualifications are as follows:

  • Be a resident of the City of Gainesville, i.e., live inside the city limits, for at least twelve months prior to the date of the election
  • Be a resident of his/her ward for at least twelve months immediately prior to the date of the election and continue to reside in his/her ward throughout the four year term
  • Be registered and qualified to vote in the city election
  • Be at least twenty-one years of age

General Power and Authority of the City Council
Except as otherwise provided by law or the Charter, the governing body shall be vested with all the powers of government of the City. In addition to all other powers conferred upon it by law, the governing body shall have the authority to adopt and provide for the execution of such ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations, not inconsistent with the Charter and the Constitution and the laws of the State of Georgia, which it shall deem necessary, expedient, or helpful for the peace, good order, protection of life and property, health, welfare, sanitation, comfort, convenience, prosperity, or well-being of the inhabitants of the City of Gainesville and may enforce such ordinances by imposing penalties for violations thereof.

Contact the City Clerk's Office to verify residency via email to or by calling 770-535-6865.