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Early voting resumes in Cumming City Council election
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CUMMING — Turnout was light last week as advance voting got under way for the Nov. 3 Cumming City Council election.

About 100 voters have cast their ballots in the contests to determine three posts on the five-member governing body.

“It’s been kind of slow, I guess you could say,” said Betsy Brown, a spokeswoman with the Forsyth County Department of Voter Registrations and Elections. “We’ve had a total of 114 voters, and we’ve mailed out 20 ballots.

“We had 32 on Monday, 24 on Tuesday, 24 on Wednesday, 12 on Thursday and 22 on Friday.”

While the overall numbers may seem slight, they represent about 4.3 percent of the city’s some 2,600 registered voters. The election, open only open to Cumming residents, is conducted citywide.

All advance voting is handled downtown at City Hall. It will continue the next two weeks — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday — leading up to Election Day.

The ballot features nonpartisan races for Posts 3, 4 and 5 on the council.

Only Post 3 is a formality, as incumbent Lewis Ledbetter is unopposed for the seat he has held since 1971.

Two new members will be guaranteed on the council, as Ralph Perry of Post 4 and John D. Pugh of Post 5 announced in August they would not seek re-election.

Perry was first elected to the council in 1979 and Pugh in 1993. Both men cited health as a factor in their decisions.

Seven candidates have declared for the two open spots.

For Post 4, the five-person race features attorney Christopher Light, former small business owner Dana Sexton, former Forsyth County commissioner Marcus “Jack” Shoemake, small business owner Avery Stone and Guy McBrayer, who works in auto sales.

Sexton is the wife of Rupert Sexton, who held the Post 1 seat from 1971 until retiring this spring.

The Post 5 race has Linda Ledbetter, a former Forsyth County commissioner, retired educator and first cousin of Lewis Ledbetter, and real estate agent and small business owner Julie Tressler.

It’s the second race of the year for both women. They were part of a four-candidate field to fill the unexpired term of Rupert Sexton, which was won by local banker Chuck Welch.

For the Post 4 and 5 races, the top vote-getter will win, and no runoff is necessary if he or she fails to get 50 percent of the vote plus one vote.