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Another special election is headed Flowery Branch’s way. Here are details:
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The Flowery Branch City Council meets Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018. The council approved a special election to fill the seat vacated by Mary Jones, who resigned at the end of 2018.

A June 18 special election to replace former Flowery Branch City Councilwoman Mary Jones, who resigned in December, got the council’s first OK Thursday night.

Qualifying for the Post 2 seat is set for April 15-17, taking place at City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.

The winner will serve out Jones’ term, which ends Dec. 31.

The Post 2 seat otherwise is up for grabs for a four-year term starting Jan. 1, 2020.

The council also voted Thursday, Jan. 3, to set the election for that seat — as well as the Post 1 seat currently held by Chris Mundy — for Nov. 5.

Qualifying is set for Aug. 19-21 at City Hall. The qualifying fee is $144 in both elections.

The City Council is set to give final approval to the election ordinances on Jan. 17.

Jones’ last meeting was on Dec. 20, her departure announced by Mayor Mike Miller.

She didn’t give a reason for leaving but said the timing was good.

“We’re at the end of the year. We’re going to start new, so it should work out very well,” Jones said after the meeting.

The council is having something of a turnover year, as Leslie Jarchow won a November special election to replace Fred Richards, who died June 14, in the Post 3 seat.

Some discussion was held Thursday as to whether the city should approach the state legislature about changing the city’s charter to allow the City Council to appoint someone to serve out the term in a vacant post.

“It may be too late to have that done this year,” City Manager Bill Andrew told the council. “But … we have already had one individual indicate he would not be interested in running twice (in the same year).”

Council members seemed OK with the idea of appointing someone but only for a short time — a year or less.

“If it was like there was three or two years left in the term, that’s taking too much away from the citizens to be able to vote (in council elections),” Councilman Joe Anglin said.

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