Dunwoody has a city council of 7 seats, representing 3 districts.
Each district has 2 representatives: 1 elected from that district itself, and 1 elected "at large" by the entire community.
The Mayor is always an additional "at large" seat.
The form of government is called a "weak mayor" system. That is, the Mayor in city council matters, has a single vote like everyone else on council and serves mainly as a tiebreaker. The title itself is a glorified honorific; the Mayor is a representative position only. The "face of Dunwoody" if you will.
So if you really want to vote as a city council member and "make changes" or whatever the hell else is on your mind, you can run in whatever district for which you qualify. You'll have the same vote as the Mayor and just as much measurable political power - no more, no less.
Why is this announcement necessary?
Because we have a four-way race for Mayor as of a few minutes ago, while three other seats are going uncontested. Those with a chip on their shoulder or an axe to grind are more likely to be successful to run a race for the uncontested seats than to join a rat-race for the ceremonial spot.
It's obvious that the candidates we have thus far are all members of the "We Hate Mike" club. They have no platform to speak of, they just hate Mike and this is the way they express it. If it was a disagreement over policy, then it would show in their platform. But there is no difference in policy, so the motivation must be purely personal.
Those of you supporting these candidates - what are you trying to accomplish? What kind of Dunwoody will result from your friend getting into office? No, really, what??? Comments are open below.