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Flowery Branch to elect mayor in Nov.
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Flowery Branch ended qualifying Wednesday with a mayor's race and an unopposed candidate for the Post 4 City Council seat.

Mike Miller will face Michael Pitts for the mayor seat and Joseph Anglin is the lone candidate for Post 4 in the Nov. 2 special election.

Anglin, by default, will replace Miller, who resigned Monday to run for mayor.

According to his election paperwork, he is a Benchmark Drive resident who has lived for 40 years in Georgia and six in Flowery Branch.

The Davis Middle School teacher couldn't be reached for comment.

Miller and Pitts will seek to replace Diane Hirling, who resigned in May as mayor to retire to Florida. Hirling had begun her second four-year term on Jan. 1.

Miller, a resident of Sterling on the Lake subdivision, also started his first four-year term on Jan. 1. He was mayor pro tem when he took over as interim mayor.

Pitts, a Mitchell Street resident, described himself as an entrepreneur/musician in his qualifying paperwork.

Flowery Branch's busy election year began in April after Post 1 Councilman Craig Lutz resigned to run for the South Hall seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

After Hirling's departure in May, the council struggled to have a quorum. The city charter requires three council members and a mayor or interim mayor to hold a meeting.

The situation eased a bit with the Sept. 21 election of a new Post 1 council member, Amanda Swafford.

Post 3 Councilman Kris Yardley, elected as mayor pro tem last week, began serving as interim mayor Monday, with Miller qualifying for mayor.

He'll hold the job until the special election, presiding over his first meeting on Oct. 7.


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