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Qualifying for city of Cumming races starts Monday
Mayor, two council posts on November ballot
Cumming

Cumming residents will have a chance this week to qualify for three political seats up for election this fall.

On Monday-Wednesday between the 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., qualifying will be open at Cumming City Hall for the offices of mayor and City Council Post 1 and 2 seats.

“They need to be a resident of the city of Cumming for at least a year and 21 years old or older and a registered voter,” City Clerk Jeff Honea said.

Along with the meeting the qualifications, the cost of qualifying is $360 for mayor and $180 for the council posts.

Candidates must declare which seat they are running for, and the winner will serve a four-year term. The candidate with the most votes in each race will be elected, and no run-off will be held if a candi-date gets less than 50 percent of votes plus one vote, as is the case in Forsyth County and other mu-nicipalities.

Mayor Ford Gravitt, who was first elected in 1970, is expected to get his first challenge since 2003 from Troy Brumbalow, who owns several local businesses.

An election was not held in 2013 for the seats as Gravitt, Post 2 Councilman Quincy Holton and then-Post 1 Councilman Rupert Sexton were the only candidates to qualify.

Post 1 Councilman Chuck Welch and Holton are also expected to qualify for re-election. No opponents have publicly announced they intend to run against them.

Welch first earned his seat in 2015 after a special election to fill the unexpired term of retiring Sexton.

Also in 2015, Lewis Ledbetter of Post 3, Christopher Light of Post 4 and Linda Ledbetter of Post 5 were elected to four-year terms.

The election will be held on Nov. 7, and three weeks of advance voting will be held 8 a.m.-5p.m. on weekdays between Oct. 16 and Nov. 3. All voting will take place at City Hall.

For voters, registration must be completed by Oct. 10 and can be done at the Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office. Voters must live inside the city limits.

For more information on the election, go to CityofCumming.net. Voter registration information is available at ForsythCo.com/Departments-Offices/Voter-Registrations-Elections.