Kelly Girtz announces he will seek re-election as Athens-Clarke County mayor

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Athens-Clarke Mayor Kelly Girtz will seek re-election.

He revealed his intentions in a video announcement Wednesday. Girtz was first elected mayor in 2018, after serving as a commissioner for more than 10 years.

No one has yet announced they will run against the incumbent.

Mayors serve four-year terms, with Girtz’s term concluding at the end of this year. Qualifying for the race runs from March 7-11, with the election on May 24.

If Girtz is elected to a second term, he would be ineligible to run again in 2026, according to a county ordinance.

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz speaks at the grand opening of ATHBNB’s The Rushmore on Aug. 5, 2021. Girtz is seeking a second term as mayor.

Coile Middle School, where Girtz once taught, served as the backdrop for his re-election announcement.

In his announcement, Girtz focused on the need for more development in housing and employment opportunities.

“We are creating a healthier, more prosperous Athens for all, with stronger housing and employment opportunities and brighter futures for our children, and I couldn’t be more excited for the chance to continue this journey together,” he said.

The announcement video and more information can be found on his campaign website.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Athens-Clarke County GA mayor Kelly Girtz will seek re-election