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Crane hopes to bring ‘new blood’ to city council
Chad Crane
Chad Crane

Chad Crane wants to see new things for the city of Cumming. 

Crane, a project manager, recently qualified for the Cumming City Council Post 1 race against incumbent Chuck Welch.

In a news release, Crane said he couldn’t think of a better place to raise his family but felt the city had been left behind. He said surrounding areas “have great city centers to walk, shop and dine” and wanted that for Cumming “while keeping no city property tax.”

“You see a lot of things going on in the city of Cumming that seem like we’re kind of behind times and I wanted to get in there and help us catch up with the surrounding cities,” Crane said in an interview, later adding. “If you go to any city around us, they have an area where they have shops and malls and all kinds of different things, and Cumming doesn’t have that.”

Crane said while there is a downtown area, it has more government buildings than places for the community to gather and said he probably would have voted for a different location for the Forsyth County Jail.

“[There are] just a few things I thought I could add to help a little bit; try to boost the economy, try to get more growth and more jobs into the city of Cumming,” he said. 

If elected, Crane said he would look for new ways to spend funds and wants to bring new ideas to the city.

“There’s some spending on government buildings and some things that might need to be looked at a little closer,” Crane said. “I think this administration … is kind of set in their ways and had it their way so long. I just think there should be some new blood in there and some new ideas.”

Crane is a Georgia native and graduated from Roswell High School and attended the University of North Carolina. He said he has lived in the city for about six years and this will be his first campaign for office.

Two other races will also take place in the city this year. 

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt, who was first elected to his seat in 1970, will face challenger Troy Brumbalow, a local businessman. Post 2 Councilman Quincy Holton, who took office in 1969, will be challenged by Jason Evans, president of Professional Cryogenic Metallurgy and Coatings in Cumming.

The election will be held on Nov. 7, and three weeks of advance voting will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays between Oct. 16 and Nov. 3. All voting will take place at City Hall.

The candidate with the most votes in each race will be elected, and no run-off will be held if a candidate gets less than 50 percent of votes plus one vote, as is the case in Forsyth County and other municipalities.

Winning candidates will serve a four-year term.

For voters, registration must be completed by Oct. 10 and can be done at the Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office. Voters must live inside the city limits.

For more information on the election, go to CityofCumming.net. Voter registration information is available at ForsythCo.com/Departments-Offices/Voter-Registrations-Elections.