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Linda Ledbetter to seek re-election to Cumming City Council
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Cumming City Council member Linda Ledbetter listens during a regular meeting. - photo by Brian Paglia

The Cumming City Council’s lone female member isn’t planning to be a one-term official.

Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter told the Forsyth County News this week she is planning to run for re-election this fall for the Post 5 seat she has held since 2016.

“I’ve enjoyed my three years and would just really like to be on it for longer,” Ledbetter said. “With the new things that are coming up – the city center and all that – I’d like to be there and be involved in that.”

Ledbetter was first elected to the post, which was previously held by longtime Councilman John. D Pugh, in 2015 after defeating candidate Julie Tressler.

Earlier that year, she finished second in a four-person race for the council’s Post 1 election, which was won by Chuck Welch.

Professionally, Ledbetter taught for 27 years, mostly at Forsyth Central High School, in addition to owning a clothing business and restaurant and having a real estate license.

Ledbetter, who previously served as a Forsyth County Commissioner, holds degrees from the University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, Lincoln Memorial College and Capella University, where she earned her Ph. D.

As the only woman on the council, Ledbetter said she brings a different view than her male counterparts.

“I think on any given political body, it’s good to have a woman,” she said. “Not maybe that she leads the group, not maybe the one that has the right thing to say, but certainly, a woman’s point of view is different from a man’s. I think that’s something, all things being equal, I think you should consider, both points of view.”

She is the first woman to serve on the five-member council since Dot Otwell did so in 1956-57.

Along with the Post 5 seat, Posts 3 and 4 – represented by Councilman Lewis Ledbetter, Linda Ledbetter’s first cousin, and Councilman Christopher Light, respectively – will also be on the ballot this fall.

Qualifying for the races will be held Aug. 19-21 at Cumming City Hall. The qualifying fee for the election is $180.