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City sets fees, qualifying for election
Incumbents mum on plans to run
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Forsyth County News


No one declared their candidacy during a called meeting Monday, but Cumming leaders did set qualifying fees for the municipal election in November.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the council was required by state law to approve the fees, as well as the qualifying time period, before Feb. 1.

In a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Ralph Perry absent, the qualifying fee for mayoral candidates was set at $360 and for council posts at $180.

Per state law, Gravitt said the fees must equal 3 percent of the annual salaries for the positions.

Those seeking any of the posts will have to qualify between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29-31 at city hall.

City Clerk Jeff Honea pointed out that mayors and city councils in Georgia must now serve staggered terms, meaning they will be elected during alternating elections.

Prior to this year, Cumming's elections were not staggered.

But under changes the council approved last fall, the mayor and council posts 1 and 2 will be elected to two-year terms in November, while posts 3, 4 and 5 will be elected to four-year terms.

The mayor and council posts 1 and 2 will then be up for a four-year term in 2013.

As for re-election, none of the current officials were ready to announce Monday.

"It's still a little early," said Gravitt, who was first elected mayor in 1970.