Cobb’s cities have a seven-day period after qualifying for residents to apply to be write-in candidates. That deadline is Sept. 4 for Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta, and Sept. 5 for Powder Springs and Austell, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections.
The city of Smyrna is not holding an election in November.
Eveler said there is no fee to be a write-in candidate because the person’s name would not appear on the ballot.
“It is up to (the candidate) to campaign to get people to write them in,” she said.
The candidate must show proof that he or she has announced their candidacy in a local newspaper.
Uncontested Acworth elections
The incumbents in Acworth who will most likely not have opposition because no one qualified to run against them this year were the same candidates who were unopposed in the 2009 election.
Acworth chose not to play host to an election in 2009. In fact, Mayor Tommy Allegood has never been opposed in the four times he has run for mayor. Alderman Tim Houston and Alderman Tim Richardson also were unopposed in 2009.
“It is great to have this team of elected officials and live in a city where the citizens decide they don’t want to have an election,” the mayor said.
Allegood said there is a level of trust and confidence by Acworth’s residents in the council that has been transparent and fiscally responsible.
By having the same elected officials, Acworth will save $10,000 not to have an election, Allegood said.
The desire to save money in an election year is not new to Acworth.
Six years ago, the city decided to run its own elections.
Each city in Cobb is responsible for conducting its own election, although all but Acworth contract with the Cobb Board of Elections to run the process, Eveler said.
Keep up the good work
Next week, Powder Springs also will decide whether or not to have a city election.
City Clerk Dawn Davis said if no one signs up as a write-in candidate, she expects the Nov. 5 election to be canceled.
Councilman Al Thurman was first elected in 2002, but this was the first term on the City Council for both councilwomen Cheryle Sarvis and Nancy Hudson.
“It is delightful to know the citizens of Powder Springs are happy with what we are doing,” Sarvis said.
Sarvis, a retired school principal, said all members of the council have worked together to spend tax payer money wisely, while still having a “good bit of development.”
That development has included building the new cultural arts center this summer at the Ford Center near downtown, as well as focusing on repairing government buildings and paving roads.
“I am just really proud of the council,” Sarvis said. “We just have a really good thing going.”
The council will continue its push toward development after a unanimous vote Aug. 19 to reactivate the Development Authority of Powder Springs and create an economic development department.
The new department would include a full-time director position that will be charged with expanding existing businesses in Powder Springs, as well as attracting new businesses into the city to spur job growth, Sarvis said.
Powder Springs is advertising for the new position that will pay between $59,204 and $91,766.