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The next municipal election for the City of Richmond Hill will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at The Wetlands Education Center, 600 Cedar Street, to elect a Mayor  and two (2) members of Council; Post 1 , Post 2.

Running for Office

The Mayor and Council serve four year staggered terms. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that at no time is the Council composed of a full panel of freshmen members. There is a two (2) term limit placed on these positions.

In order to qualify for the position of Mayor or Councilmember, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a two (2) year City of Richmond resident as of the first Tuesday in November of the year for which you are qualifying.
  • Must be a registered voter.
  • Must state which seat/person for which you are qualifying.
  • Must pay a qualifying fee of $150 (3% of Council pay) or, if running for the Mayoral seat, $225 (3% of Mayor’s pay).

All candidates running for office should make themselves familiar with the Georgia Ethics in Government Act.

Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. Special called meetings or work sessions are 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 Richmond Hill 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.

Compensation for elected officials is as follows: Mayor receives $625.00 per month. City Council members receive $416.67 per month.  Attendance is expected at these meetings as well as during annual Strategic Planning Sessions, some required conferences and seminars, and budget review sessions. Elected officials are also expected to participate in county or community involvement programs, leadership programs, and encouraged to attend various city functions and events.
Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with City operations, including but not limited to review of the City of Richmond Hill Charter, City Codes/Ordinances, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission.


Qualifying for the 2017 Municipal Election will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the office of the City Clerk at Richmond Hill City Hall, 40 Richard Davis Drive. The Qualifying packages will be available at City Hall beginning on August 7, 2017.


Please note that candidates for public office are required to file forms with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission).


All candidates should be aware that the City of Richmond Hill has a Sign Ordinance. and campaign signs also fall under these regulations. Visit Richmond Hill Code of Ordinances to access the entire code of ordinances online. Other restrictions regarding campaign activities can be found in the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) Title 21, also published as the Georgia Election Code and Rules of the State Election Board.