Running for Office
The Mayor and Council serve four year staggered terms. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that at no time is the Council composed of a full panel of freshmen members. There are presently no term limits for these positions. In order to qualify for the position of Mayor or councilmember, you must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a one (1) year City of Duluth resident as of the first Tuesday in November of the year for which you are qualifying.
- Must be a registered voter.
- Must state which seat/person for which you are qualifying.
- Must pay a qualifying fee of $180 (3% of Council pay) or, if running for the Mayoral seat, $288 (3% of Mayor’s pay).
Council meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, and work sessions on the 4th Monday. Special called work sessions are also called on an as-needed basis. Elected officials take office at the first organizational meeting in the January following the election. Once elected, the Mayor and all members of Council must continue to reside in the City of Duluth during their periods of service and remain registered voters. Additionally, they may not hold any other city office or city employment during any portion of the term for which they are elected.
Compensation for elected officials is as follows: Mayor receives $500 per month plus $150 per meeting for each regularly scheduled meeting, not to exceed two meetings per month. City Council members receive $200 per month plus $150 per meeting for each regularly scheduled meeting, not to exceed two meetings per month. Attendance is expected at these meetings as well as during annual Strategic Planning Sessions, some required conferences and seminars, and budget review sessions. Elected officials are also expected to participate in county or community involvement programs, leadership programs, and encouraged to attend various city functions and events.
Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with City operations, including but not limited to review of the Duluth City Charter, City Codes/Ordinances, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission. Below are some helpful links.
The elected officials of the City make decisions based on many various City regulations, ordinances, and policies. It is very important to be familiar with all local and state laws regarding holding public office.
Code of Ethics for Government Service
City of Duluth Ordinances
The Constitution of the State of Georgia
Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission
Georgia Election Code
Rules & Regulations of the State Election Board
The next municipal election for the City of Duluth will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Duluth City Hall, 3167 Main Street, to elect three (3) members of Council; Post 1 (held by Marsha Anderson Bomar), Post 2 (Jim Dugan), and Post 3 (Billy Jones).
Qualifying for the 2013 Municipal Election will begin on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying packages/paperwork will be available on the website or in the office of the City Clerk at Duluth City Hall beginning on August 1st.
All candidates running for office should make themselves familiar with the Georgia Ethics in Government Act at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest opportunity to receive valuable information concerning campaign filing guidelines.
Please note that candidates for public office are required to file forms with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission).Click here for candidate forms and reporting responsibilities.
All candidates should be aware that the City of Duluth has a Sign Ordinance, specifically designated as Chapter 11.5 of the Duluth Code, and campaign signs also fall under these regulations. Click here to view PDF to review it, or visitwww.municode.com and follow the links to Duluth, Georgia to access the entire code of ordinances online. Other restrictions regarding campaign activities can be found in the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) Title 21, also published as the Georgia Election Code and Rules of the State Election Board.
The O.C.G.A. § 45-10-2 authorizes the Secretary of State to publish the Code of Ethics For Government Service established in section 45-10-1 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 1369.) for exhibiting to the public and employees of the state and all governments therein.
Any person in government service should:
- Put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons, party, or government department.
- Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and the State of Georgia and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.
- Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay and give to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.
- Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.
- Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not, and never accept, for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.
- Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.
- Engage in no business with the government, either directly or indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.
- Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.
- Expose corruption wherever discovered.
- Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.
Important Links for Candidates
GGT & CFC Website
Educational Outreach Program Training Workshops
Contribution Limits http://ethics.ga.gov/lawsrules/campaign-contribution-limits/
These are the maximum allowable contribution limits.
Form DOI http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Commission/2011Forms/1/FormDOI2011.pdf
If you are currently not a public officer holding elective office and you plan to run for public office, you must file a DOI prior to accepting campaign contributions. The Form DOI is filed with the GGT & CFC. This simply means a DOI is filed by a brand new candidate………..not by someone already in office because they would have already filed one when they were a brand new candidate. However, if they are running for a different office then they are a brand new candidate for that office and a DOI is required. The information from the DOI is utilized to establish an account for the filer within our database.
Form RC http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Commission/2011Forms/2/FormRC2011.pdf
Candidates are not required to have a campaign committee. However, if a candidate forms a campaign committee, the candidate must register the committee with the GGT & CFC prior to accepting any contributions. No contribution may be accepted at any time there is a vacancy in either the position of chairman or treasurer. One person may serve as both chairperson and treasurer. No candidate may have more than one committee. The Form RC is filed with the GGT & CFC.
Form COOSA http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Commission/2011Forms/3/FormCOOSA2011.pdf
A candidate who wishes to accept contributions for more than one election at a time shall separately account for such campaign contributions and shall file an “Option to Choose Separate Accounting” form with the GGT & CFC prior to accepting contributions for any election other than the next upcoming election and ONLY IF contributions are to be accepted for more than one election at a time. If this option is chosen, a separate bank account MAY be opened for each election. A candidate is only required to file one COOSA form which is used for all subsequent elections to the same elective office, regardless of whether an election occurs in a new election cycle.
Form CCDR/FD PIN Application http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Commission/2011Forms/4/CCDRFDPIN-Candidate2011.pdf
A PIN Application is required when disclosure reports are filed electronically. The PIN Application can be hand-delivered or mailed to the GGT & CFC. The original document must be received for processing. The PIN Application must include a valid email address in order to receive a Personal Identification Number and Password to file reports electronically.
Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission
200 Piedmont Avenue, SE
Suite 1402 – West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334