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Qualifying for city of Cumming elections draws challengers to each seat
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Incumbent Mayor H. Ford Gravitt will face a challenger in Troy Brumbalow for the first time since 2003. - photo by Jim Dean

For the first time in years, the city of Cumming will have a full slate of challengers for November’s election.

Qualifying for mayor and City Council Post 1 and 2 ended on Wednesday, and each of the three incumbents will face an opponent. City Clerk Jeff Honea said it wasn’t immediately clear the last time there were challengers for all seats.

“It’s been several years,” Honea said. “I don’t know that the mayor and the council have had someone for every post since the 1990s, probably. Between the time, they’ve had several that were uncontested with no opposition.”

The following locals qualified for the races:

* Mayor: H. Ford Gravitt (incumbent) and Troy Brumbalow

* Post 1: Chuck Welch (incumbent) and Chad Crane

* Post 2: Quincy Holton (incumbent) and Jason Evans

Mayor candidates
The election will be held on Nov. 7, and three weeks of advance voting will be held 8 a.m.-5p.m. on weekdays between Oct. 16 and Nov. 3. All voting will take place at City Hall.

In recent decades, there has been little turnover for mayor and on City Council. Gravitt was first elected to the city’s top seat in 1970 and is pursuing a potential 15th term, and Holton was first elected in 1968.

City Council Post 2 candidates
Welch first earned his seat in 2015 after a special election to fill the unexpired term of Post 1 Councilman Rupert Sexton, who was also elected in 1970 and left his position to retire.

Crane, a project manager, and Evans, president of Professional Cryogenic Metallurgy and Coatings in Cumming, are political newcomers – this will be their first campaigns.

An election was not held in 2013 for the seats as Gravitt, Holton and Sexton were the only candidates to qualify.

Also in 2015, Lewis Ledbetter of Post 3, Christopher Light of Post 4 and Linda Ledbetter of Post 5 were elected to four-year terms.

City Council Post 2 candidates
Light took over the seat held by former Councilman Ralph Perry, and Linda Ledbetter took over for Councilman John D. Pugh. Lewis Ledbetter did not face opposition for the seat he has held since 1971.

Candidates must have lived in the city for at least a year prior to the election, be at least 21 years old and a registered voter.

Along with meeting the qualifications, the cost of qualifying was $360 for mayor and $180 for the council posts.

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.