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Election qualifying continues
Five of six incumbents ready to run again
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Forsyth County News

All five members of the Cumming City Council qualified Monday to run again for their respective posts.

Qualifying for council began that morning and will run through 4:30 p.m. Friday.

As of Tuesday, no one had signed up to run against incumbents Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, John D. Pugh and Rupert Sexton.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt has not qualified yet.

Turnover is rare for city leadership, which has retained the same makeup since 1993. Some members have held office since the 1960s.

Four years ago, there were no contested races.

City Clerk Jeff Honea is handling qualifying, which is being held on the second floor of city hall.

"To qualify, they really just need ID," Honea said. "They have to be 21 years old, a registered voter and they have to have lived in the city limits for at least a year prior to the election, which will be Nov. 8."

All five city council posts are up for re-election in November, as is the mayor’s seat.

Previously, all positions were four-year terms. However the city has adopted a new staggering policy, leaving council Posts 1, 2 and the mayor as two-year-terms for just this election.

Post 1 is currently held by Sexton, while Holton has Post 2.

Those positions will come up again in 2013 and every four years thereafter.

Those elected to council Posts 3, 4 and 5 — Ledbetter, Perry and Pugh, respectively — will serve a four-year term before facing re-election.

The qualifying fee to run for city council is $180. To run for mayor, the fee is $360.


Staff Writer Crystal Ledford contributed to this report.