The City of Richmond Hill is governed by the Mayor and four at-large Councilmembers. At-large means they each represent the entire city, rather than a single councilmember representing just a section or “district” of the city, which is how Bryan County is governed by the commissioners.
Both the Mayor and Councilmembers are elected by residents of Richmond Hill to serve a 4 year term, which is staggered with an election being held every 2 years.
Meet the Current Mayor & Council
Mayor (Russ Carpenter) Term Ends 2021
Post 1 (Kristi Cox) Term Ends 2021
Post 2 (Tara Baraniak) Term Ends 2021
Post 3 (Bill Donahue) Term Ends 2019
Post 4 (Les Fussell) Term Ends 2019
A general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for Post 3 and Post 4, as well as Post 2 since councilmember Baraniak announced she was relocating and therefore resigned, effective August 20th at the end of the City Council meeting held on the same day.
Baraniak’s post is able to be filled through appointment by the remaining councilmembers, however they have decided to allow the citizens to decide who should take her seat instead.
All candidates must qualify for the election by filing a Notice of Candidacy with Dawnne Greene, the Clerk of the City of Richmond Hill at City Hall. Greene is also the Superintendent of Elections.
According to a public notice, Qualifying will be held no earlier than 8:30 a.m. starting on Monday, August 19, 2019 and shall end no later than 4:30 P.M. on Friday, August 23, 2019. (A lunch hour will be observed from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.)
In order to qualify to run for City Council, you must:
- Pay a $150 qualifying fee, which is 3% of council pay.
- Be a two-year City of Richmond Hill resident.
- Be a registered voter.
- State which post for which you are qualifying. Each candidate must run for a specific post.
Voting will take place in the J.W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center located in J.F. Gregory Park (500 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324) from October 14, 2019 through November 1, 2019. Polls are open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for Advance Voting, and open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 7:00 P.M. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5, 2019).
All persons desiring to vote in said election must be registered no later than 5:00 P. M. on October 7, 2019.
To check your current voter registration status, use this Secretary of State link (desktop preferred):