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Advance voting for Cumming City Council election beginning
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CUMMING  -- A little more than three weeks remain until the newest members of the Cumming City Council are determined.

 

Advance voting for the Cumming City Council election will begin Monday morning at Cumming City Hall.

 

Barbara Luth, Forsyth County’s director of voter registrations and elections, said that advance voting will continue until the week before the Nov. 3 election.

 

“We are going to be at Cumming City Hall, at the lower level of city hall,” Barbara Luth said. “We’ll be there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

 

“Mail-out ballots will be done in our office, but advance voting will be done over there. It starts Monday and will go until Oct. 30, so it’ll be the next three weeks.”

 

Cumming has about 2,600 registered voters, and only those who live in the city limits can vote in the races. Balloting is city wide.

 

On the ballot will be Posts 3, 4 and 5 of the Cumming City Council. Post 3 on the ballot is a formality, as incumbent Lewis Ledbetter is unopposed for the seat he has held since 1971.

 

Two new members will be guaranteed on the council, as Ralph Perry of Post 4 and John D. Pugh of Post 5 announced in August they would not seek re-election.

 

Perry was first elected to the council in 1979 and Pugh in 1993. Both men cited health as a factor in their decisions.

 

Seven candidates have declared for the two open spots.

 

For Post 4, the five-person race features attorney Christopher Light, former small business owner Dana Sexton, former Forsyth County commissioner Marcus “Jack” Shoemake, small business owner Avery Stone and Guy McBrayer, who works in auto sales.

 

Sexton is the wife of Rupert Sexton, who held the Post 1 seat from 1971 until retiring this spring.

 

The Post 5 race will be a rematch of sorts between Linda Ledbetter, a former Forsyth County commissioner, retired educator and first cousin of Lewis Ledbetter, and real estate agent and small business owner Julie Tressler.

 

The two were part of a four-candidate field to fill the unexpired term of Rupert Sexton, which was won by local banker Chuck Welch.

 

For both races, the top vote-getter will win, and no runoff is necessary if he or she fails to get 50 percent of the vote plus one vote.