Qualifying for the city of Watkinsville election is Monday, Aug. 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 21.
An election for the position of mayor, presently held by David Shearon; Council Post 1, presently held by Brian Brodrick; and Council Post 2, presently held by Connie Massey, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Watkinsville City Hall.
The Elections Office is consolidating the Annex and City Hall precincts so that all future elections in Watkinsville will be held at City Hall. The consolidation will save taxpayers about $1,000 on ballot printing, poll worker payroll and supply costs, said Elections Superintendent Fran Leathers.
The qualifying fee is $291 for the mayoral seat and $72 for council seats. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the city for at least one year prior to the election. Those wishing to qualifying must do so at Watkinsville City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 through Aug. 21. However, city offices are closed each day from 12-1 p.m.
The ballot for the Nov. 5 Watkinsville election will also have a referendum for the so-called “Brunch Bill,” which would allow restaurants in the city to serve alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, restaurants have to wait until 12:30 p.m. to serve alcohol on Sundays.
In related news, the precinct for the North High Shoals election this year will be moved from the fire station to the new Town Hall at the town park. Three council seats and the mayoral seats will be on the ballot.
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