Alpharetta calls special election for mayor, council

Alpharetta has called a special election for May 22 for mayor and two City Council posts. AJC FILE

The Alpharetta City Council has called a special election for May 22 to fill three city offices: That of mayor, vacated when David Belle Isle resigned to run for Georgia Secretary of State, and two City Council posts opened after their occupants declared their candidacies for mayor.

Council members Chris Owens (Post 3) and Jim Gilvin (Post 4) followed Belle Isle onto the campaign trail as both are vying to succeed the former mayor. All three officials formally resigned their seats at the council’s Feb. 21 meeting, and the council then voted 4-0 to approve a resolution and ordinance for the special election.

The non-partisan special election is to fill the unexpired terms of mayor and Post 4, which expire Dec. 31, 2019; and of Post 3, which expires Dec. 31, 2021. Those wishing to qualify as a candidate must file a notice of candidacy with the city clerk between 8:30 a.m., March 5, and 5 p.m., March 7. Qualification fees are $900 for mayor and $450 for the council. Advanced voting starts April 30 and ends May 18.

The council’s continuing members are Mayor Pro Tem Donald Mitchell and Jason Binder, Dan Merkel and Ben Burnett.

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