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2 Flowery Branch residents qualify for City Council
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Two Flowery Branch residents have qualified for the Post 1 seat on City Council, guaranteeing a Sept. 21 election.

Amanda Swafford, a litigation manager, qualified Thursday morning for the office vacated in April by Craig Lutz, who resigned to seek the District 1 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Swafford, who lives on Beacon Ridge Lane, has lived in the city nearly three years.

Qualifying to fill the remaining two years of Lutz’s four-year term will end today. Those interested can file paperwork anytime 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5517 Main St.

So far, the only other candidate to qualify is Chris Strickland, who teaches at Twin Rivers Middle School in Gwinnett County. Strickland lives on Mohave Court.

Qualifying also is set for Sept. 27-29 to fill the mayor seat vacated by Diane Hirling, who resigned in May to retire to Florida, and a council seat being vacated by Interim Mayor Mike Miller, who has announced he plans to resign to run for mayor.

The election to replace Hirling and Miller is set for Nov. 2.

Hirling began serving her second four-year term and Miller his first four-year term on Jan. 1