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Gillsville incumbents, former councilman in Flowery Branch qualify for election
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Qualifying

Clermont

Qualifying period: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday
Positions: Mayor, two City Council seats
Fees: Mayor, $54; council, $43.20

Gainesville

Qualifying period: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
Positions: Mayor, City Council Wards 1 and 4, Board of Education Wards 1 and 4
Fees: Mayor, $35; council, $621; school board, $165.87

Gillsville

Qualifying period: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday
Positions: Mayor, two City Council seats
Fees: Mayor, $18, council, $9

Flowery Branch

Qualifying period: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday
Positions: Mayor, City Council Posts 3, 4 and 5
Fees: Mayor, $180; council, $144

Lula

Qualifying period: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday
Positions: Mayor, City Council Wards 2 and 3
Fees: Mayor, $216; council, $90

Oakwood

Qualifying period: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday
Positions: Mayor, City Council Posts 1 and 2
Fees: Mayor, $324; council seats, $216

Election dates

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

Update: So far today, Rose Johnson, a small-business owner, has qualified for the new elected mayor position in Gainesville. Incumbent Delores Diaz qualified for Gainesville Board of Education Ward 4.

In Flowery Branch, Chris Fetterman, a former city councilman, qualified for City Council Post 5.

Incumbents Roy Turpin and Jim Butler qualified for Gillsville City Council Posts 1 and 2, respectively.

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A number of hopeful city leaders qualified Monday for positions open in this year’s municipal elections.

Danny Dunagan, current mayor under the old Gainesville City Council structure, and Charles Alvarez, a real estate agent, both qualified for the new elected mayor position in Gainesville. Both had previously announced their intentions. The new position will be in addition to a council of five who represent five wards.

Other wards up for election this year in the city include Wards 1 and 4. Sam Couvillon, an insurance broker, qualified for Ward 1, which was vacated by Dunagan. Incumbent George Wangemann qualified for Ward 4.

The Gainesville City Schools Board of Education also has Wards 1 and 4 up for election. Brett Mercer qualified for Ward 1.

In South Hall, only incumbents qualified Monday for the open positions.

Those hopefuls in Flowery Branch are Mike Miller for mayor, Fred Richards for Post 3 and Joe Anglin for Post 4. Post 5 also is up for election.

In Oakwood, incumbents Lamar Scroggs, Sam Evans and Ron McFarland qualified for mayor, Post 1 and Post 2, respectively.

Incumbents also qualified in North Hall’s cities, including James Nix for mayor of Clermont and Milton Turner for mayor of Lula. Incumbents Vicky Chambers and Mordecai Wilson also qualified for Wards 2 and 3, respectively, in Lula.

No one qualified Monday in Gillsville, which has the mayor and two council seats open.

Qualifying continues today and Wednesday for most cities and through Friday for Clermont and Gillsville. Qualifying fees vary by post depending on the salary for the job.

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