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Flowery Branch voters choose new council member today
Beatty, Kriews vying for post in special election
Nicole Kriews
Nicole Kriews

Flowery Branch special election

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5517 Main St.

It’s been a little more than two months since candidates were announced for the Post 5 seat on the Flowery Branch City Council, and the fatigue is setting in for the remaining two.

“Things are going a little slow, but that should be expected for this time of year,” said Monica Beatty, who is in a runoff race against Nicole Kriews for the Post 5 council seat. “People are on family vacations and taking time to spend with family while children are out of school.”

Before Tuesday’s runoff election, 47 people had participated in early voting for the seat.

Voting takes place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Flowery Branch City Hall.

Kriews agreed with Beatty, saying that this time of year is just a bad time to get people interested in voting.

“It’s going to take a little more coaxing to get the voters to the polls,” Kriews said. “I think last time, with the campaign being so long, signage being out, shaking hands so long, it’s just kind of dragged on a little too long for everyone, I think.”

Beatty had the most votes in the original June 16 special election with 76 votes, while Kriews had 64 votes.

The other candidates for the seat, Alan Davenport and Ed Edwards, received 53 and 13 votes, respectively.

Since neither Beatty nor Kriews received 50 percent of the vote as required, a runoff election was necessary. The Post 5 position, formerly held by Tara Richards, runs through December 2017.

Both women said they are hearing mostly positive comments from prospective voters, with Beatty saying citizens seem to be pleased with the direction of the redevelopment of downtown Flowery Branch.

Kriews agreed with Beatty’s assessment, saying the people she’s been speaking with approve of the changes the city has been making.

“Most folks I speak with say they are going to vote,” Beatty said. “...I am hopeful that turnout will be the same or more than the first election in June.”

“Hopefully everyone gets out there and votes,” Kriews said. “No matter who your candidate is ... but get out and vote. It’s a privilege for us, and we need to make sure that we honor that.”

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