Qualifying fees, dates set for Albany elections

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission has set qualifying fees for 2011 municipal elections this fall at $750 to run for mayor and $450 to run for a city commissioner seat.

Qualifying will officially open Aug. 29 and run through noon Sept. 2, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said.

In addition to the mayor's race, which is citywide, Ward 1, currently represented by Jon Howard, and Ward 4, currently represented by Mayor Pro-Tem Roger Marietta, are up for election. Howard and Marietta have not made announcements regarding re-election bids, but Mayor Willie Adams announced Monday he will not run for a new four-year term as mayor.

According to Nickerson, a mayoral candidate must be at least 21 years old and have lived in the corporate city limits for at least the past two years.

A candidates for city commissioner must have lived in his or her ward for at least three months before election day.

As reported Tuesday in The Herald, municipal candidates must now file their financial statements and campaign disclosures with Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, the agency formerly known as the State Ethics Commission.