City holds candidate information forum
By Leigh Anne Butler
Following Monday night’s regularly scheduled Tallassee City Council meeting, a information meeting was held for prospective candidates for the City of Tallassee’s municipal election that will take place in August.
City clerk, Barbara Garnett led the meeting where she reviewed information concerning the upcoming election. Tuesday, Aug. 23, the residents of Tallassee will vote for mayor, city council and board of education positions.
Qualifying for elected positions begins on July 5 and ends on July 19. To qualify for an elected city position, candidates must be qualified electors of the city of Tallassee (must be on the Tallassee voting list) and must be a resident of the city of Tallassee and reside in the city or ward where the candidate is seeking election for at least 90 days prior to the election.
Candidates must come to the City Clerk’s office at City Hall in order to qualify, and all candidates must sign an affidavit stating the qualifications are met and are correct. A $50 charge is assessed for running for the office of mayor and $25 for city council and board of education positions.
21 prospective candidates, four for mayor, 12 for city council and five for board of education, were in attendance and signed up to receive the information packets proved by the city clerk’s office.
Garnett discussed advertising with the potential candidates. All advertisements must contain who is responsible for paying for the advertisement.
Political signs can not be displayed prior to 60 days before the election and can not exceed 32 square feet in size. All signage must be located on private property and can not be placed on city property, which includes right of ways.
In compliance with the Fair Campaign Practice Act, candidates that exceed a $1,000 threshold must fill out monthly expenditure reports.
Garnett noted that all forms must be filed with the Tallapoosa County Probate Judge, Leon Archer, which is a change for this election. Garnett indicated that since City Hall was located in Tallapoosa county, all forms must be submitted to the Tallapoosa County’s probate office.
"Campaigning can be a lot of work, but it can be so much fun getting to meet the people of Tallassee," Garnett said.
Election hours will be from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wards 1, 2, 4 and the west side of 6 will vote at the National Guard Armory. Ward 3 will vote at the Community Center of God's Congregational Holiness Church. Wards 5, the east side of 6 and 7 will vote at the Tallassee Community Library.