Qualifying nears for Senoia council seats

Qualifying for city office in Senoia is just around the corner. Up for election this year will be the mayor’s seat and those of Post 1 Councilman Larry Owens and Post 2 Councilman Jeff Fisher. Qualifying will be held Aug. 26-28.

Mayor Robert Belisle for the past few months has maintained that he will not seek re-election. Belisle reiterated that stand Monday night after the City Council meeting.

The terms of Post 1 Councilman Owens and Post 2 Councilman Fisher are set to expire at the end of the year. Fisher on Monday night said he will seek re-election while Owens said he has made no decision.

The qualifying period will extend from Aug. 26-28 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at City Hall on Main Street. The qualifying fee for the mayor’s seat is $360 and $90 for council seats.

Though Senoia practices at-large voting, the difference this year is that candidates must qualify for a specific post. The former practice of voting at-large and the top vote-getters winning the open seats was replaced by voting for a specific seat on the council due to changes in the city charter and in state law.

Those qualifying should also visit www.ethics.ga.gov to become familiar with state-required candidate forms.

The deadline for registering to vote in the November election is Oct 7.