Election season for the Dunwoody City Council officially kicks off Aug. 29 when the qualifying period opens.

From Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, candidates can qualify to run for mayor and city council.

Several candidates have already kicked off their campaigns.

Bob Dallas, Mike Davis and James Sibold have announced their interest in filling for mayor. The post now is held by incumbent Mayor Ken Wright, who will not be running for reelection.

Terry Nall will challenge incumbent City Councilman Robert Wittenstein for his at-large council seat.

By Aug. 24, no one had announced plans publicly to run for the council seat that will be vacated at the end of the year by City Councilman Danny Ross, who has said he doesn’t plan to run again. City Councilman John Heneghan so far is running unopposed.

Qualifying hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office. The qualifying fee is $480 for mayor and $360 for a council post.

To run for office, a candidate must be a registered voter and have lived in the city of Dunwoody for at least one year before the Nov. 8 election. A candidate interested in representing a council district seat also needs to be a resident of the district for at least six months before the election.

“We will be posting candidates on the website as they come in to qualify,” said City Clerk Sharon Lowery.

City officials expect the November contest will be the first disputed election in Dunwoody since its incorporation. Lowery said no one qualified to run against the incumbents in 2009, and in the 2010 special election to fill the seat that had been held by former City Councilman Tom Taylor, only Doug Thompson qualified to run.

“Based on what we’re hearing we won’t be able to cancel the election and have everybody run unopposed,” Lowery said. “We will be having an election this year.”

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