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What you need to know about the Cumming City Council Post 3 Candidates
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Advance voting for the city of Cumming’s Nov. 5 election kicked off on Monday and will feature a three-man race for the Post 3 seat, which has been held by Councilman Lewis Ledbetter since 1971.

The election will be between candidates Jason May, Brent Patrick and Joey Cochran, who are all running for elected office for the first time.

Councilmembers Linda Ledbetter and Christopher Light, who represent Posts 4 and 5, respectively, are also up for election this year, though no candidates qualified to run against them. Both were elected in 2015.

The only other issue on the ballot is a special election to move the time restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.

“Brunch bills” were on local ballots across the state last year after a bill allowing the time change was approved by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018.

Last November, Forsyth County voters approved the change for unincorporated parts of the county with 64.22 percent of the vote.

Advance voting will continue weekdays through Friday, Nov. 1.

All voting will take place at Cumming City Hall, 110 E. Main Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting will be on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall.

Below are May, Cochran and Patrick’s response to a question-and-answer survey sent by the Forsyth County News. 

Jason May
Cumming City Council Post 3 Candidate Jason May

Jason May

How long have you lived in the city of Cumming?

“I moved to Cumming in 1986 when I was 12 years old. While I have always considered it my home, and I still live in the same house I grew up in, there was a brief period of time when I was just married that my new bride and I resided in north Forsyth. When my father became too ill, my wife, son and I moved in to help my mom care for him as he battled cancer.”

What made you want to run for city council?

“It has been a goal of mine since high school. I grew up in a family that served this community and spent countless hours preparing for inevitable change and helping to adjust to unforeseen change. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to hold this position and now is the time that my skill set is most needed.”

What are some of the things you’d like to do if elected?

“We are in a tremendous period of growth. It is of the utmost importance that we evolve carefully with strict attention to fiscal responsibilities, traffic, infrastructure impacts and overall quality of life.

“City residents, by and large, are longtime residents. We need to respect the good of our community that has held so many here for so long. Additionally, our new residents have made purposeful choices to move here because we are a strong community, rich with opportunity and we need to take care to ‘enhance’ as we grow, not ‘detract’ from the existing community.”

What is your professional and educational background?

“Both my professional and educational background is in planning, design and civil engineering and commercial real estate.”

Have you ever run for political office before?

“No, I have never run for any political office. I contemplated several prospective opportunities, but my long-term desire to serve in the city council has always kept me focused on this opportunity.”

What else do you think city of Cumming voters should know about you?

“I am married to the same beautiful woman for the past 12 years, and we have an amazing son, Nate. I have spent the vast majority of my life working, volunteering and serving our community so that when I ran for this seat and asked for the voters to put their trust in me, they could be confident that I was ready to represent them because I have listened and learned from them. I believe I understand what they would like to see in an elected official. I am fully committed to this task.”

Do you have a website or anywhere else people can find out more information?

“My website is http://www.ElectJasonMay.com. I have a Facebook Page, Elect Jason May. And my phone number is 470-346-0155.”

Joey Cochran
Joey Cochran

Joey Cochran

How long have you lived in the City of Cumming?

“I was born and raised in the city and have always lived in Cumming [and the surrounding area]. I moved back into the city in June 2018.”

What made you want to run for city council?

“I'm excited about the future of Cumming. I want to represent and make a difference in the city that has supported and encouraged me all my life.”

What are some of the things you'd like to do if elected?

“Improve traffic, keep zero city property tax, implement 5G Smart City solutions and protect our water system. I will support road and infrastructure improvements, a strong police department, and believe in excellent customer service.”

What is your professional and educational background?

“C&W Auto Sales, a family-owned business since 1966. Owner of Downtown Auto Sales in Cumming. Graduated from Forsyth County High School in 1980 and Piedmont College in 1984 with a business degree.”

Have you ever run for political office before?

“No.”

What else do you think city of Cumming voters should know about you?

“I'm honest, hardworking, dedicated and fiscally responsible. I believe the city residents deserve someone who will listen and implement solutions that will benefit the best interest of the city of Cumming.”

Do you have a website or anywhere else people can find out more information?

“My website is ElectJoey.com. My Facebook page is Elect JoeyCochran for Cumming City Council. Email electjoeycochrancitycouncil@yahoo.com.”

Brent Patrick
Cumming City Council Post 3 Candidate Brent Patrick.

Brent Patrick

How long have you lived in the City of Cumming?

“The first time I moved in with my first wife was probably 11-12 years back, then we separated and we came back 8-9 years ago.”

What made you want to run for city council?

“A couple of years ago when I saw [Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow] was going for mayor, it piqued my interest. I thought, ‘Well I wonder what he’s doing that no one else is doing?’ and saw he was bringing some fresh ideas to the city.”

What are some of the things you'd like to do if elected?

“I think continuing with what Troy is doing. I love his beautification of Cumming. I think we need to make sure that people have enough to do here that they don’t want to drive south to Alpharetta. … I know from talking to some people here in the city that one of their big concerns is always traffic.”

What is your professional and educational background?

“After I got home from [UGA], I was struggling finding a job, so I created my own business plan. It was small, kind of a honey-do-list guy. After about three or four years, I had seven or eight guys working for me [and] grew that into a successful business with 43 employees. Probably 10 or 12 years ago I did more of flipping houses and remodeling... [I] kind of downsized and over the last few years have been doing remodeling.”

Have you ever run for political office before?

“I have not. I am a newbie at this, and I am learning as much about the purpose [as possible.]”

What else do you think city of Cumming voters should know about you?

“I think that I have had enough life experience both business-wise and just community-wise that I make good decisions, and I’m a very good listener. The biggest thing I have enjoyed in this process is walking around and meeting people and really having deep conversations with them about what their concerns them.”

Do you have a website or anywhere else people can find out more information?

“I don’t have anything currently.”