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Four incumbents start qualifying in Gainesville
Hamrick, Bruner, Smith and Calkins all seeking re-election
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Four Gainesville incumbents filed papers Monday to qualify to run for their seats in this November's election.

City clerk Denise Jordan said City Council members Bob Hamrick, Ward 2, and Mayor Ruth Bruner, Ward 5, qualified, along with Gainesville Board of Education members Maria Calkins, Ward 2, and Sammy Smith, Ward 5. The paperwork was in the process of being verified Monday.

Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras, Ward 3, also has said she plans to seek another term.

Seats are open on the City Council and Board of Education for Wards 2, 3 and 5. Qualifying began Monday and ends Wednesday.

Interested parties can file paperwork at the Joint Administration Building, 300 Henry Ward Way. The fee is $605.03 for the council and $157.93 for the school board.

Elsewhere, Oakwood City Councilman Montie Robinson of Post 5 turned in paperwork to seek another four-year term.

Other Oakwood seats up for grabs are posts 3 and 4. Qualifying runs until 4 p.m. Wednesday and takes place at City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle. The fee is $216.

Qualifying is happening across North Georgia as cities prepare for municipal elections. Some areas also are planning for countywide votes such as a renewal of a special purpose local option sales tax in Forsyth County and a renewal of an education SPLOST in Habersham County.

Also, some cities - Braselton, Helen, Hoschton, Jefferson and Pendergrass - hope to include a referendum on Sunday alcohol package sales.

The election is Nov. 8.