Atlanta’s municipal election season officially began Monday as officeholders and their challengers entered a weeklong qualifying period.
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PLENTY OF OTHER RACES IN METRO ATLANTA
Cities and city school systems across metro Atlanta are gearing up for elections this November.
This is the week most candidates can qualify to run for office, and there will be some interesting local contests from Alpharetta to Riverdale.
The most complete and updated information on how to qualify, how much it costs and what a candidate needs to do will be found on cities’ websites, and potential candidates need to check carefully. For instance, qualifying in Alpharetta takes place through Wednesday. In Forest Park, qualifying is open through Friday.
In Cobb County, elections are scheduled for various posts in five of the county’s six cities — Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta and Powder Springs.
The region will see some new faces, along with losing some familiar ones. Voters in Sandy Springs will select a new mayor, following Eva Galambos’ decision to step down after eight years running metro Atlanta’s second-largest city. Elections also will be held for six council member seats.
Just up the road, Roswell will elect or re-elect three City Council members and a mayor.
In Gwinnett County, some of the largest cities are holding races. In Norcross, two incumbent council members are up for re-election, along with Mayor Bucky Johnson. Qualifying runs through Friday.
In Lawrenceville, two council seats are up, and in Peachtree Corners, which though just a year old is Gwinnett’s largest city with more than 34,000 residents, three council members are up for re-election. Qualifying runs through Friday in Lawrenceville but just through Wednesday in Peachtree Corners.
-- Jaime Sarrio
-- Christopher Quinn