Five of Cobb’s six cities will host municipal elections this fall, and qualifying begins later this month.
With the exception of Acworth and Marietta, the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration will organize the elections, according to Janine Eveler, the board’s director.
Acworth will host its own elections, and Marietta has no municipal offices up for election, Eveler said. Marietta’s mayor, city council members and city school board members were all on the ballot in 2017 and elected to four-year terms.
General elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. All municipal elections are nonpartisan and do not require a primary election, Eveler said.
In every city but Kennesaw, the candidate who receives 50% plus one vote is the winner. If no candidate achieves that percentage, a runoff between the two candidates with the most votes will be held on Dec. 3.
In Kennesaw, races are decided by a plurality of votes, meaning the candidate with the most votes is the outright winner.
The city of Acworth will host its qualifying Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, from 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Regina Russell said the city will likely not close for lunch. Qualifying will be hosted in the city clerk’s office at the Acworth City Hall, 4415 Senator Russell Ave.
Three of five at-large seats on the Acworth Board of Aldermen, Posts 1, 2 and 3, are up for election. The qualifying fee for those seats is $396.
The posts are currently held by Butch Price, Gene Pugliese and Brett North, respectively. Acworth aldermen serve four-year terms.
Austell’s qualifying will take place Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break from noon-1 p.m. It will be hosted in the conference room at 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, suite 107.
The at-large mayor and Post 2 council member seats are up for election, as are Ward 2 and 4 council member seats. The qualifying fee for mayor is $1,080 and $432 for council seats.
The seats are currently held by Ollie Clemons, Valerie Anderson, Scott Thomas and Sandra Leverette, respectively. Mayor and council members serve four-year terms.
Kennesaw’s qualifying take place Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break at noon. Qualifying will be held in the training room at the Kennesaw City Hall, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave.
Mayor and Post 1 and 2 council member seats, which are all at-large, are up for election. The qualifying fee for mayor is $576 and $360 for council seats.
The seats are currently held by Derek Easterling, James Eaton and Tracey Viars, respectively. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms.
The city of Powder Springs will host its qualifying Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break at 1 p.m. Qualifying will be held in the second floor conference room at the Powder Springs City Hall, 2282 Marietta St.
Mayor and Post 1 and 2 council member seats, all elected at large, are up for election. The cost to qualify for the mayoral race is $540, while qualifying for a council seat will cost $360.
The seats are currently held by Al Thurman, Patrick Bordelon and Patricia Wisdom, respectively. All three seats are held for four-year terms.
The city of Powder Springs will host its qualifying Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break at noon. Qualifying will be held in the human resources room at the Smyrna City Hall, 2800 King St.
The mayor’s seat, elected at large, as well as the council seats Ward 1-7, are up for election. The fee to qualify for the mayoral race is $756, council seat qualifying is set at $567.
Max Bacon is Smyrna’s mayor, and its seven council members in order of their wards are Derek Norton, Andrea Blustein, Maryline Blackburn, Charles Welch, Susan Wilkinson, Tim Gould and Ron Fennel.