Number of the Month – Qualifying Fee

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random bit of local trivia.


The qualifying fee to run for Alpharetta City Council.

This November Alpharetta’s council will have possibly five seats up for grabs (including the mayor’s spot). Chances are good that only two incumbents will run, creating an unprecedented opportunity for new blood in city hall. It is my sincere hope that the field is large, providing Alpharetta voters with an abundance of choice. If you read my blog and have even the slightest curiosity about running for office, please do so this year! Qualifying begins at the end of August.

4 Responses to “Number of the Month – Qualifying Fee”

  1. Kyle Caswell August 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Lee, I do read your blog regularly and I have actually run (quite unsuccessfully!) for Alpharetta City Council. Let’s not mislead your loyal readers into thinking things are wide open for a slate of new candidates that will take over the existing Council. At best, there will be two “open seats” for Council, with no incumbent to run against…and only if Doug DeRito runs for Mayor. I would advise someone new to Alpharetta politics to run for one of those open seats if they are serious about getting elected. Those races usually attract several good candidates and anyone has a shot. As for Mayor, I don’t think any newcomer would stand a chance in a Belle Isle, Paine and DeRito race.

    If anyone is really serious about running for City Council, do yourself a favor and call one or more of the existing/past council members and ask them about the job. You will probably discover it is a lot harder than you think, and takes a level of commitment few of us can afford.

    Lee, thanks for your blog. I don’t always agree with you, but at least you take the time to get involved.

  2. Lee August 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Kyle. I don’t think I’m misleading anyone. On the flip side, don’t mislead people into thinking the incumbents are safe in Alpharetta in 2011. As you know, the political climate in the past few years has not been favorable to incumbents. I also believe there is growing disfavor with the direction the city is going. A lot of folks are starting to take notice, including some local Tea Party activists.

    And I don’t think many in Alpharetta are scared off by hard work.

  3. Kim August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Lee, You are missing the point. If you contact a councilman a priori then the establishment gets the heads up so they can figure out which posts the pre-selected should run with the least amount of opposition. It’s rigged.

  4. Travis Allen August 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Never figured why Alpharetta did their council seats by posts. Milton’s isn’t perfect, but at least you have to live in the district if you run for a city council seat. Trouble with that is you may have the most qualified folks all living in the same district. They do that with appointments to city commissions / boards as well. We made sure to change that in the Historic Preservation Ordinance though as it just didn’t make sense.

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