Running For Office

The City of Alpharetta holds non-partisan municipal elections in odd numbered years. In 2021, City Council Posts 1, 2 and 3 will be up for election.

Those residents who wish to qualify as a candidate in the November 02, 2021 General Election for City Council (Posts 1, 2, and 3) shall file a notice of candidacy in the Office of the City Clerk no earlier than 8:30 A.M on August 16, 2021 and no later than 5:00 P.M. on August 18, 2021. All candidates for City Council shall pay a qualifying fee of $450.00. For more details on qualifying, please review the 2021 City Council Candidate Qualifying Packet.


Per the City of Alpharetta’s Charter, in order to qualify for office, a person shall have been a resident of the city for six (6) months prior to the date of election; shall have attained the age of twenty-one (21) years prior to the date of election; shall continue to reside in the city during that member's period of service; and shall be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city.

All council member positions shall be designated by posts numbered one (1) through six (6); however, all Council Seats are at-large positions.  All candidates for election to council member positions shall designate, at the time of qualifying, the post to which they are seeking election.


Mayor and Council Members are compensated as follows:

   *  Mayor:  $30,000.00 per annum, payable monthly.

   *  Council: $15,000.00 per annum, payable monthly.


The Mayor and Council Members shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties


Other Candidate Resources

Campaign Sign Rules And Regulations
     Campaign Sign Guidance Handout

Georgia Government Transparency And Campaign Finance Commission

     Educational Opportunities
     About Candidacy And Candidate Committees
     Filing Responsibilities

Georgia Municipal Association
     Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers