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Advance voting wraps up in Cumming
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Voters in the city of Cumming are in the process of voting in the first regular election in decades

CUMMING - Advance voting for three seats on the Cumming City Council came to a close on Friday, though city residents will have one more chance to cast a ballot.

After three weeks, advance voting for the election brought a total of 277 voters and mail-out ballots, about 10 percent of the city’s 2,600 registered voters.

“Friday we had 26, for a total of all three weeks of 263,” said Barbara Luth, Forsyth County’s director of voter registrations and elections. “We had 28 ballots that we mailed out, but we got 14 back. That’s 277 that we’ve got so far.”

Election Day will be held on Tuesday, and Luth said it could see a larger turnout.

 “We’ll be open at the lower level of Cumming City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They do need to bring their photo I.D., whether it is a driver’s license or another photo I.D. to vote,” she said.

The election is open only to residents within Cumming’s city limits, and voters can vote for all races.

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

Seven candidates have registered for other races, with two new members guaranteed after longtime incumbents 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.

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 has 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.

It’s the second race of the year for both women. They were part of a four-candidate field to fill the unexpired term of Rupert Sexton, which was won by local banker Chuck Welch.