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Beatty, Kriews head into runoff for Flowery Branch council seat
Mundy wins Post 1 in election
Nicole Kriews
Nicole Kriews

City council special election

Flowery Branch Post 1

Chris Mundy (winner) 146 votes

Michael Justice 53 votes

Flowery Branch Post 5

Monica Beatty (advances to runoff) 76

Nicole Kriews (advances to runoff) 64

Alan Davenport 53

Ed Edwards 13

Flowery Branch voters chose one new council member in Tuesday’s special election, but they aren’t quite done yet as they’ll head back to the polls for a runoff on July 14.

Chris Mundy bested Michael Justice by a 146-53 vote for the Post 1 position, while Monica Beatty and Nicole Kriews head into a runoff for the Post 5 seat.

“I thought it went well,” Mundy said following his win. “I think everyone that ran, obviously, should be commended for putting themselves out there to run for public service like this.

“I think Michael Justice did a great job. ...I’m thankful for the people who supported me and voted, and I look forward to getting started on the council and tackling the items as they come up.”

The Post 1 position, vacated by Damon Gibbs in April, runs through Dec. 31. It will once again be up for election in November.

A swearing-in ceremony will take place July 2.

Meanwhile, the Post 5 seat is still up in the air with no one candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. Beatty had the majority of the votes with 76, while Kriews had 64 votes.

The other candidates for the seat, Alan Davenport and Ed Edwards, received 53 and 13 votes, respectively.

Both Beatty and Kriews expressed disappointment that the seat was not won outright.

“I think nobody really wanted to see a runoff happen,” Kriews said. “It goes to show that there are good candidates and we just have to go about it one more time until we get a candidate selected.”

Both women also said they planned to continue getting out in the community and meeting with residents.

“It is what it is, and I’m ready,” Beatty said about campaigning for the July 14 runoff. “I’m just going to try to get out more.”

The Post 5 position, formerly held by Tara Richards, runs through December 2017.

Flowery Branch has a total of 3,310 active voters and 778 inactive voters for a total of 4,088 eligible voters, according to City Clerk Melissa McCain.