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3 mayors will have to fight to keep their seats this year
Races set in Nov. 7, 2017 city elections
Election

It is shaping up to be a busy election season for Hall County municipalities.

At the close of the qualifying period Wednesday, contested races for mayor emerged in Clermont, Flowery Branch and Lula. City elections are Nov. 7.

Gainesville

George Wangemann, a fixture on Gainesville City Council since 1986, will have to fend off Albert Reeves and Maria Del Rosario Palacios if he wants to retain his Ward 4 seat. Reeves, who was elected to the Clermont Town Council at age 24 and served a four-year term, owned The Monkey Barrel restaurant and bar downtown before closing it in 2016, while Palacios is an officer and activist with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Qualifiers

Mayor: Danny Dunagan (incumbent)

Ward 1: Sam Couvillon (incumbent)

Ward 4: George Wangemann (incumbent), Albert Reeves and Maria Del Rosario Palacios

Newcomers appear set to join the Gainesville Board of Education as incumbents Brett Mercer and Delores Diaz step down.

Qualifiers

District 4: Heather Ramsey

District 1: Andy Stewart

Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller also has a contest on his hands. He is being challenged by Michael Justice, who has made a couple of unsuccessful runs at a city council seat.

There’s also a race between incumbent and challenger for Post 5.

Qualifiers

Mayor: Mike Miller (incumbent), Michael Justice

Post 3: Fred Richards  (incumbent)

Post 4: Joe Anglin  (incumbent)

Post 5: Monica Beatty  (incumbent), Amy Farah

Oakwood

The Post 1 incumbent faces a challenger.

Mayor: Lamar Scroggs (incumbent)

Post 1: Sam Evans (incumbent), Stephen Hendrix

Post 2: Pat Jones (incumbent)

Lula

Two challengers in Lula — Jim Grier and Felton Wood — will attempt to end the 16-year hold on power by Mayor Milton Turner. Grier is a Lula businessman and civic leader making his first attempt at elective office. Wood made an unsuccessful run for Lula City Council in 2015.

Qualifiers

Mayor: Milton Turner (incumbent), Jim Grier, Felton Wood

Ward 2:  Marvin Moore (incumbent)

Ward 3: Mordecai Wilson (incumbent)

Clermont

Also getting tested is Clermont Mayor Jim Nix, who is being challenged by Steve Reeves. Meanwhile incumbents Margaret Merritt and Kristi Crumpton are not running, leaving newcomers to take their seats.

Qualifiers

Mayor: James Nix (incumbent), Steve Reeves

Ward 3: Marcia Kesler

Ward 4: Donna Reeves, James Castleberry Jr.

Gillsville

Qualifiers

Mayor: Roy Turpin

Post 1: Larry Poole

Post 2: Jefferson Perry

Braselton

Qualifiers

Mayor: Bill Orr (incumbent)

Council District 2: Peggy Slappey (incumbent)

Council District 4: Robert Clark, Hardy Johnson

Buford

Qualifiers

City commissioner: Chris Burge (incumbent), Gary A. Ingram

City Commissioner: Bradley W. Weeks

Board of Education: Patricia Pirkle (incumbent)

Board of Education: J. Bruce Fricks (incumbent)

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