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Qualifying to run for Office for Cobb County Cities starts this week for the November General Elections


Are you closely following the political developments in your community and have been contemplating a run for public office? If you are serious about serving your community, this is the week to qualify for the November General elections for several Cobb County cities including Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, and Smyrna.

For those wanting to contribute to your community at this level and wish to throw your hat into the ring for any of these municipal positions, it’s crucial to note that this is the week designated for candidate qualification. Most qualifying begins on August 21 and ends on the 23, so please check with the Cobb Board of Election for specific information and do not let this opportunity to serve your community at a higher level past you by.

Before you can officially run for office, you must qualify.


In order to run for office, you must go through the process of qualifying, which varies from one office to the next. For a summary of what’s required for your office of interest, call the Cobb Board of Elections or check out the Georgia Secretary of State Office’s Qualifications and Disqualifications packet.

Qualifying for many of the communities mentioned begins on the 21st, however, because qualification dates and locations vary by year and by office, contact your local elections supervisor for qualifying dates and locations specific to your community and the office you are running for.

All candidates must pay a qualifying fee. To find out what the current fee is for your office, review the Qualifying Information on the Secretary of State’s website. If you’re unable to pay the fee, you can submit a pauper’s affidavit and qualifying petition


To avoid confusion, be sure you have the correct date and address before you go to qualify. If you are uncertain or need more information, contact the Elections Office for Cobb County.

Remember to bring a valid photo ID and the appropriate documentation:

  • Political party candidate – your completed declaration of candidacy form
  • Non-partisan office – your completed notice of candidacy form

Please see detailed information below on each Cobb County city with November races: 

See O.C.G.A. §45-2-1 for mandatory candidate requirements


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