Aside from any major issues to confront, the new Gainesville mayor also will be in something of a political fish bowl.
Today is the last day to register to vote for the municipal elections in November. To be eligible to vote in Georgia, residents must:
Gainesville voters who cast ballots in November will be the first to directly elect a mayor.
Updated: Election qualifying continues today and Friday in Gillsville and Clermont. This morning, incumbent Larry Poole qualified for Gillsville mayor. In Clermont, Lynn Adams, executive director of the Georgia Mountains YMCA, qualified for an at-large council position.
Today kicks off the qualifying period for candidates who want to run for a position in November's municipal elections. Here's a quick overview for each city.
Gainesville native and longtime community activist Rose Johnson announced Tuesday she is running to become the city's first elected mayor in November.
Hall County Commissioners Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs each raised more than $11,000 in the first six months of 2013, campaign disclosure reports show.
Many Gainesville voters will do something in November they've likely never done in their lives - vote for mayor.
As election years go, it's been quiet so far, but a slew of municipal elections are scheduled this fall.
Tony Beatty, a marketing and communications consultant, announced Saturday his intention to seek the District 1 post on the Hall County Board of Commissioners currently held by Craig Lutz.
Twenty-two-year-old Pablo Picazo said Tuesday he plans to run for the Gainesville City Council seat against long-serving Councilman George Wangemann, representing District 4.
Former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell will seek to represent Gainesville's Ward 1, the position currently held by Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan.
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan officially announced at Thursday's City Council work session his plan to resign as mayor at the end of August so he can run to become the city's first elected mayor in November.