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Lula, Clermont, Gillsville to go to polls in November
Smaller Hall cities set qualifying dates
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Qualifying dates

Gainesville: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26-28

Clermont: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-30

Gillsville: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-30

Lula: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-28

Sept. 4: Last date to file write-in candidacy notice

Oct. 7: Last day to register to vote

Oct. 7: First day of early voting

Nov. 1: Last day for early voting

Nov. 1: Last day to mail ballots

Nov. 5: Election Day

Dec. 3: Runoff, if necessary

As election years go, it’s been quiet so far, but a slew of municipal elections are scheduled this fall.

Several people have already announced their intention to run for Gainesville mayor and City Council posts.

Meanwhile, other municipalities in Hall County, including the smaller cities of Lula, Clermont and Gillsville, are gearing up for November elections.

The positions of mayor and two city council positions are on the ballot in each city.

While some people have already hit the campaign trail, others are holding their decisions to run or not close to the vest.

“I’ll give you a heads up,” Lula Mayor Milton Turner said. “I’m not leaning toward running.”

Turner said he hasn’t made a decision yet whether he will seek re-election. Turner’s been mayor for 12 years and he’s spent 18 years in local government, including his time on the City Council.

“My daughter, she’s 15, and she’s never known me when I was not in office because I have 16 consecutive years right now in office,” he said.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Vicky Chambers recently announced she was running to retain her City Council seat.

Mordecai Wilson’s seat, Ward 3, is also up for grabs.

Turner and Chambers defeated Paul Cox and Bruce Lane to keep their seats in 2009.

“Hopefully the people still think I’m doing a decent job and will elect me,” Chambers said. “If not, I hope whoever else gets it will do a good job.”

The qualifying period is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-28. The fee to run for mayor is $216, $90 for council.

Clermont Mayor James Nix and City Council members James “Sonny” Helton and Mary Ellen Rogers face election this year. Nix ran unopposed in 2009, but Helton and Rogers both fought off challengers to win their seats. Clermont has an at-large election system with no districts or wards.

The qualifying period is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-30. Candidate fee for mayor is $54 and council member is $43.20

Gillsville’s qualifying period is the same as Clermont’s. The terms of incumbent Mayor Larry Poole and Councilmen Roy Turpin and Jim Butler are expiring this year.

Butler won his seat in a 2010 special election because no one signed up to run for Post 2 in the November 2009 election. The City Council decided to hold a March special election and opened up the mayor and Post 1 positions again, along with Post 2.

Poole and Turpin were re-elected unopposed. Butler beat opponent Phil Ferguson by 12 votes.

Poole declined to say if he’s decided to run again or not.

“I’m thinking,” he said.

Running for office in Gillsville is a bargain with candidates for mayor required to fork over $18 and just $9 for City Council.

Flowery Branch and Oakwood also are having municipal elections.

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