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Democrats select election board members
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The Hall County Democratic Party selected its appointees Monday night to the new elections board that will launch in January.

Kim Copeland, a longtime activist in the party and member of the county’s previous incarnation of the elections board, and Gabe Shippy, a young military veteran, have been selected to represent the Democrats.

“To me, it’s not a political position,” Copeland told The Times, adding that the board needs to work together to ensure fair elections in Hall County.

The Board of Elections and Registrations of Hall County, created by approval of the state legislature this year, removes supervision of the chief registrar from the Hall County Superior Court and into the hands of the county administrator.

The board consists of two Republicans and two Democrats appointed by the local parties, with each board member serving four-year terms.

Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee serves as the chairwoman.

The Hall County Republican Party recently selected its appointees.

Ken Cochran, the owner of Cochran’s Marine Service who narrowly lost a race this year for a Hall County Board of Commissioners seat, and Ann Jones, a longtime Flowery Branch resident, businesswoman and activist in Republican politics, will represent the GOP’s interests on the elections board.