Longtime Cumming City councilman to face re-election challenge
Holton pledges to continue work with Discovery Center
Quincy Holton.

Post 2 City Councilman Quincy Holton will once again seek re-election for the seat he has held since 1969.

Holton, the longest-serving member of the City Council, will face a challenger for the seat this year from local businessman Jason Evans. Holton said the city has changed a lot since he took office but that he wants to continue serving its residents.

“I’ve been in office quite a while, and when I went in we only had about a $15,000-a-year budget, and today we have about $29 million, almost $30 million for the budget,” Holton said. “Also, I’d like to keep the ad valorem tax off so we don’t have to pay it, and I like to work for the people; that’s what I’m in there for.”

Holton worked with Cumming-based Sawnee EMC for 40 years and has been a resident of the city for 61 years.

In his time in office, Holton said he has been part of adding some of the city’s most popular amenities.

“I’m very proud of the fairgrounds we’ve got, very proud of the Aquatic Center, also proud of helping get the [University of North Georgia’s Cumming campus] over here,” he said.

If elected, Holton said he wants to focus on the city’s involvement with the Junior Achievement Mike and Lynn Cottrell Discovery Center at North Georgia, an immersive program for middle schoolers that will be on the property of the Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County and a new sports or entertainment arena.

“We’re about to get ready for the Junior Achievement,” Holton said. “We’re working, trying to get the county and school system to work with us and build a sports arena down on Mary Alice Park.

“We’d like to see a sports arena there and a hotel.”

Holton said the city also needs to focus on widening more roads and improving traffic.

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 1 Councilman Chuck Welch, who took office in 2015 to fill the unexpired term of predecessor Rupert Sexton, will be challenged by Chad Crane, a project manager.

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.