The Georgia Constitution requires that I vacate my position as city council member/Mayor Pro Tem, representing the citizens of Dunwoody in District One, Post 1, upon qualifying as a candidate for the Mayor of Dunwoody. This year that qualification period is Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.
In my case the date I vacate my Council Member position is affected by my desire to have the Special Election on the same date as the regular election which will be held on Nov. 3.
Doing this will avoid the cost of having a separate Special Election at some later date, which would cost the city approximately $25,000. The next date allowed for a Special Election after Nov. 3, by state law, is in March 2016.
Having the election on Nov. 3 to fill my position on the Council will bring the Council back to full strength at the earliest possible date and avoid the cost of a separate Special Election. To have the Special Election on Nov. 3 there are certain deadlines that have to be met. Vacating my position on the Council during the qualification period, noted above, would not allow sufficient time to meet the advertising, qualification and ballot submission deadlines.
To meet these deadlines that would enable us to have the Special Election on Nov. 3, I have mutually agreed with our city election official, Sharon Lowery, Dunwoody City Clerk, to vacate my position as city council member District One, Post 1/Mayor Pro Tem effective at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. Also on this date my city email address will be turned off, but you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of District One as your local council member and all the citizens of Dunwoody as your mayor pro tem for the past 6 plus years. I thank each of you for your dedication to our city and the personal support you have given me during my tenure. I have announced that I am a candidate for Mayor of our city of Dunwoody. My name will be on the ballot at the Nov. 3, 2015 election and as it should be, you the citizens by your vote will decide if I will be your Mayor commencing Jan. 1, 2016.
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post 1