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Councilman to challenge Braselton mayor in fall

POSTED: April 23, 2009 11:36 p.m.

BRASELTON — Braselton councilman Ralph Richardson Jr. announced this week that he will run for mayor in the town’s Nov. 3 election.

Richardson will run against incumbent Mayor Pat Graham, who is seeking re-election, according to Town Manager Jennifer Dees.

To celebrate the start of his campaign, Richardson will hold a kickoff event starting at noon May 2 in Braselton Town Park.

This year, voters will cast ballots for mayor, the District 2 council seat held by Richardson and the District 4 council post held by Dudley Ray, who plans to seek re-election.

Richardson, 55, is a native of Braselton and has served on the council for six years.

In a news release issued Monday, he said his experience as a small business owner and the 26 years he served as a senior noncommissioned officer in the Georgia Army National Guard qualify him for the mayoral position.

Richardson and his wife, Becky, have three grown children. He is a member of Hoschton First Baptist Church and served as vice chairman of the Board of Deacons in 2003.

Graham was elected to office in 2002. In an e-mail to The Paper, a sister paper of The Times, she said that if she is re-elected her goals for Braselton will remain the same: achieving the highest levels of quality growth, providing municipal services at the lowest possible cost and continuing to operate without a property tax in Braselton.

Those interested in running for the mayor or council positions have from 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2 to qualify at Braselton Town Hall, located at 4982 Ga. 53.

Those running for mayor must submit a $156 fee, and those interested in either council position must pay $36.

If needed, a runoff election will be held on Dec. 1.



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