Years in Lula: 25 years
Occupation: retired from General Motors
Family: wife, Barbara, and two children and three grandchildren
Education: North Hall High School graduate and some technical training
Years in Lula: nine years
Occupation: home improvement retail business
Family: wife, Sandra, and four children and 12 grandchildren
Education: Graduated from Druid Hills High School in Atlanta. Attended Georgia State University in Atlanta.
One thing’s for sure about Tuesday’s special election: First Baptist Church of Lula will have a representative on the Lula City Council.
The only thing remotely close to tension in the race to fill the Post 2 seat in this northeast Hall County city is Walter Harris and Marvin Moore discovering one Sunday at church that they were opponents.
“I joked that everybody should vote for the man with the whitest hair,” Harris said. “I’ve got real white hair and he’s still dark-headed.”
Moore recalled the encounter and laughed. “That’s my opponent,” he said.
Otherwise, all’s quiet in the two men’s bid to replace Vicky Chambers, who died in January following a vehicle wreck in East Hall.
Voting will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 6055 Main St.
The winner will take office immediately and serve out the remainder of Chambers’ four-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.
Harris and Moore not only have similar backgrounds — neither are Lula natives — but they don’t have any particular issues they’re jumping on.
“I just figured it was time to start giving back to the community,” said Harris, an Alabama native who has lived in Lula nine years. “I’ve got some time on my hands and I need to put it to good use.”
For him, it’s just important “to keep Lula moving in the direction it seems to be moving in,” he said. “It’s progressive, and I’d want to keep it that way.
“We love it up here. It’s just a great place to live.”
Moore, who grew up in the Clermont area, moved to Lula in 1990 from South Hall because he “was attracted by the small-town atmosphere and the availability of land lots to build on.”
“Things seem to be going well in Lula,” he said. “I’m interested in the community and just want to see if I can be of help.”
One thing that has nagged at Moore is “I’ve heard so many people say they weren’t being heard by the City Council on several things, so I’d like to be a voice to the people and be a listener.”
How many will show to vote is the big question. As of Thursday, no residents had taken advantage of advancing voting, City Manager Dennis Bergin said.
There are 1,265 eligible voters in Lula, 968 of which are active, Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee has said.
The council seat came open because of tragic circumstances.
Chambers, beloved in town for her community service and volunteer work, died Jan. 22 following a car wreck on Joe Chandler Road. Her Toyota Sienna was struck by a Honda Accord, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
She also was mayor pro tem, a position now held by Councilman Larry Shuler. The mayor pro tem fills in when the mayor can’t, such as presiding over council meetings.
Beyond replacing Chambers on the council, the city will “find some way to honor her passing,” Bergin has said.
He said last week: “There have been a couple of suggestions, none of which the council has taken up directly. I think they’ll probably do something — or arrive at what they want to do — within the next six months.”