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Cumming City Council election set at four candidates
Qualifying closed Thursday with no additional entrants
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The Buzz: Week 16

By: Joshua Sutton

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CUMMING — The field for the city of Cumming’s June 16 special election for the Post 1 council seat is set at four candidates.

Qualifying ran through 4:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, but no additional candidates came forward for the nonpartisan race.

The field includes: Roger Crow, a past president of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce; former Forsyth County Commissioner Linda Ledbetter; Julie Tressler, a real estate agent and small business owner; and Cumming banker Chuck Welch. All four qualified Tuesday.

They are vying to fill the remaining 18 months on Rupert Sexton’s term. Sexton, who had held the post since 1971, announced on April 21 that he would be stepping down to enjoy retirement. His last day with the city was April 30.

The council has since appointed Doug Sorrells, former longtime clerk of courts in Forsyth County, to fill the vacancy through the election.

Sorrells, who said he has no interest in running for the office, is the first new face on the council since the early 1990s.

The city hasn’t had a contested election since 2003. It has just one precinct with 2,543 registered voters.

The last day to register to vote in the special election is Monday. Those wishing to register to vote must contact the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office at http://www.forsythco.com/department.asp?DeptID=27.

Whoever wins the special election is scheduled to take office July 21. The Post 1 term runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

Advance voting for the special election will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday from May 26 to June 12 at City Hall for any and all registered voters in Cumming.

The council will have three other seats up for election Nov. 3. Qualifying for Posts 3, 4 and 5 is set for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2, for the same $180 fee.

To qualify, candidates must be registered to vote, at least 21 years old and have lived in the city limits for at least one year. The fee is $180.