Ed Asbridge won a three-way race Tuesday, June 18, to fill Flowery Branch City Council’s Post 2 seat.
Unofficial results showed that, with 351 of 502 votes cast in the special election, the retired businessman handily defeated Melissa Brooks and Chip McCallum. The Hall County Board of Elections will certify the special election results on Friday, June 21.
“I’m relieved that there’s no runoff, and I’m anxious to get to work,” said Asbridge, speaking at victory celebration at Maynard’s At The Corner restaurant in Braselton.
“We had 40 volunteers who worked over 200 hours,” he said. “I give all the credit to them. They were just great.”
And some of those stood in the rain Tuesday on Spout Springs Road with campaign signs.
Asbridge claims a seat that was vacated in December 2019 by Mary Jones, who died May 2.
He will serve out Jones’ term, which ends Dec. 31.
“I’m anxious to talk about the growth,” Asbridge said about stepping on the council. “I want to see if I can unite the merchants a little bit, using my background in retailing.”
Retired from J.C. Penney management, the 76-year-old Asbridge said in an earlier interview he considered running for office before this race but put it off because of his late wife’s illness.
When the time came to reconsider a bid, “I prayed a lot … and (decided) I need to (run),” he said. “I’m in good health, and I think I’ve got a lot to contribute. I’m retired … and can spend full time on it, and I plan to.”
On the issues, Asbridge has said, “Growth is the most important thing, and I think we just need to look at every area we’re going to grow in and make sure it fits as far as our infrastructure, our roads, schools.”
“The city should aim for “proper growth … that will sustain our tax base and not burden the infrastructure,” he said.
Qualifying is set Aug. 19-21 for the seat’s four-year term beginning Jan. 1, with that election taking place Nov. 5.
When asked if he planned to seek the four-year term, Asbridge said, “Absolutely.”