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Brumbalow hosts Cumming mayoral campaign event downtown
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Brumbalow will be the first candidate other than incumbent Mayor H. Ford Gravitt to run for the seat since 2003.

Over the weekend, prospective Cumming mayoral candidate Troy Brumbalow held a campaign event downtown to meet voters, and he had a lot of fun along the way.

On Saturday, Brumbalow hosted a free campaign event featuring food, cars and several local bands at The Outdoor Lights on Hutchinson Road. Brumbalow said more than 400 people stopped by.

“Everybody had a great time, and it was hugely effective to get to meet and talk with the voters of the city,” Brumbalow said. “That they were ready for a change was the consistent thing that I kept hearing.”

Brumbalow said the day gave him a chance to interact with and talk to voters about their concerns with the future of the city.

“It was getting to know people,” he said. “We were able to talk to them one-on-one and see what their concerns were as far as the city moving forward. A lot of people really liked that type of event and would like to see more stuff like that happen downtown.

“We’re just going to keep working hard for the next six months, and hopefully we can win over the voters of the city.”

The event had more than 30 cars on display and performances by local bands Kylie Benimino, Right Turn Clyde, CRS Band Maybe Sundays and Across the Wide’s Jody Abernathy and Mark Mundy. 

Brumbalow said he is hoping to hold more events as the election gets closer. 

“We’re just going to keep working hard for the next six months and hopefully we can win over the voters of the city.” 

Brumbalow is a 1990 graduate of South Forsyth High School and attended Gainesville State College. He lives in Cumming with his wife, Jodie Bridges Brumbalow, and two children.

He will be the first candidate other than incumbent Mayor H. Ford Gravitt to run for the seat since 2003. Gravitt announced in April he would be seeking re-election for the seat he was first elected to in 1970 and also held a campaign kick-off event last week.

Registration for the mayoral seat — and Posts 1 and 2 of the Cumming City Council, held by Chuck Welch and Quincy Holton, respectively — will be Aug. 21-23. The election will be held in November.

Qualifying fees and registration dates for the race were approved at the Cumming City Council’s January meeting. The fee for mayor is $380 and for Council Posts 1 and 2 is $180.

According to the city’s code, a candidate must be older than 21 and have lived in the city for more than a year before the election and be a qualified voter in the city.

If an office is contested, the top vote-getter will be declared winner — no runoff is held for close races, as is the case in some other municipalities.