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Business owner qualifies for Cumming City Council race
Joey Cochran
Joey Cochran

Political newcomer and owner of Downtown Auto Sales Joey Cochran is one of three candidates vying for an open spot on the Cumming City Council.

Cochran said he was “born and raised” in Cumming, has been a local business owner for more than 30 years and is the son of former City Councilman Henry Cochran.

“Growing up here, I looked up to members of the city council and my dad was a member of the city council back in the ‘60s, so I have kind of a personal connection there,” Cochran said. “I’m excited about the changes that the city is going through, and I just feel like I want to be part of it and have the time to put in that maybe I didn’t before.”

Cochran, a graduate of Piedmont College, said he hoped to “bridge the gap between the past and the future” and that his experience in sales and customer service gives him experience in working with the community.

“The issues that I see that are important are traffic, [maintaining] clean water, the growth and [improving] cybersecurity,” he said.

Cochran is among three candidates seeking the Post 3 seat held by City Councilman Lewis Ledbetter, who will not seek re-election for the seat he has held since 1971.

He will face Jason May, a businessman, and Brent Patrick, who works in construction, in the Nov. 5 race.

Linda Ledbetter, a former Forsyth County Commissioner and retired educator, and Christopher Light, an attorney, will not face a challenge for their second terms. Both were elected in 2015.

A referendum on a “Brunch bill,” or whether to move the earliest time customers can buy alcohol from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday will also be on the ballot.