Qualifying for Candidacy

The Mayor and Council of the City of Lawrenceville currently serve four year staggered terms. The purpose of the staggered term provision is to ensure that at no time is the Council composed of a full panel of freshmen members. No person elected in the general municipal election shall serve as Mayor or Council member for more than 12 consecutive years. In order to qualify for the position of Mayor or Council member, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a one (1) year City of Lawrenceville resident as of the first Tuesday in November of the year for which you are qualifying.
  2. Must be a registered voter.
  3. Must state which seat/person for which you are qualifying.
  4. Must pay a qualifying fee of $216 (3% of Council pay) or, if running for the Mayoral seat, $288 (3% of Mayor’s pay).

Council meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Regularly scheduled work sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month starting at 5:00 p.m. Special called meetings and work sessions are also called on an as-needed basis. Elected officials take office at the first organizational meeting in January following the election. Once elected, the Mayor and all members of Council must continue to reside in the City of Lawrenceville during their periods of service and remain registered voters. Additionally, they may not hold any other city office or city employment during any portion of the term for which they are elected.

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with City operations, including but not limited to review of the Lawrenceville City Charter, City Codes/Ordinances, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission.