On November 3, 2015, residents of Savannah will go to the polls to elect a Mayor and eight City Council members. If a runoff election is required, it will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Citizens who would like to vote in the November 3, 2015 City Elections must register to vote by October 2, 2015.
Mayor Edna Jackson and the current Aldermen were elected on November 8, 2011 and December 6, 2011. We are using two dates because the Mayor and the Post 2 Alderman at Large were elected on December 6, 2011 during a run-off election. The other members of City Council were elected during the November 8, 2011 General Election. The term of office for all of these public offi- cial will end on December 31, 2015.
City Elections in Savannah are considered “non-partisan” which indicates that there are no Party Primaries and the candidates are not required to declare a party affiliation.
In addition to Mayor Edna Jackson, all of the members of the City Council, except Post 2 Alderman at Large Thomas Bordeaux Jr., have announced that they will seek re-election. These incumbent members of the Sav a n – nah Ci ty Council who will be seeking re-election are Mayor Edna B. Jackson, Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Alderman Van R. Johnson, Alderman at Large Post 1 Carolyn H. Bell, District 2 Alderman Mary L. Osborne, District 3 Alderman John Hall, District 4 Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague, District 5 Alderman Estella Edwards Shabazz and District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas. The Mayor of Savannah is the only member of City Council whose length of service is subject to term limits. The Mayor can serve for two
(2) foury e a r terms or a tot a l o f eight
Mayor Jackson is seeking her second fouryear term.
Several citizens have announced that they will become candidates for City Council. Qualifying will begin on Monday, August 31, 2015 and continue through September 3, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The final day for qualifying is Friday September 4, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Office of the Clerk of City Council. The qualifying fees for the City of Savannah’s municipal election are $1,620 for Mayor and $435 for Alderman. We will list all of the candidates when qualifying ends.
We, at The Savannah Tribune, are dutifully committed to making sure all of our readers are informed about these elections and the choices we must make. Consistent with the proud and glorious heritage of this publication, we will attempt to make sure voters have all of the facts that they need to make informed decisions. We will also attempt to motivate our readers to go to the polls and vote.
Truly, The Savannah Tribune has a proud and glorious heritage that dates back to 1875, when three African-American civic and business leaders recognized the need for a newspaper dedicated to serving the African American community. We have always been at the forefront of positive efforts to move our people in a direction that benefits us, as well as the overall community.
Therefore, our focus on the 2015 Election is a crucial part of our efforts to fulfill our mission. We want to encourage our readers to VOTE in the 2015 General Election. By voting, we honor the sacrifices and struggles encountered by our ancestors, and the many soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement who made it possible for all of us to cast a ballot and let our voices be heard. Additionally, this is the only way to make sure that those who want to halt our progress will not hold positions of influence over us.