What Are the Requirements to Become a Mayor?

To become a mayor, a person needs to be at least 18 years of age, be a resident of the city where they wish to be mayor, be without debt or other financial obligations to the city, without felony convictions or other injurious criminal activity, be a registered voter and have the necessary minimum amount of signatures as required by their city. Mayoral candidates must also present these signatures by the appropriate due date.

Many cities also have specific requirements for residency to count, such as the 1-year rule for the city of Garden City, Georgia. The city council and mayoral candidates must have lived in Garden City for at least one year “prior to the date of the election,” the Garden City site says.