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March 20 special election set in Clermont
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Mary and Paul Johnson cast their ballots during Election Day at Clermont Town Hall in Clermont on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Clermont has scheduled a March 20 special election for the Ward 1 seat vacated by Robin Brown, who resigned in December.

Brown, who couldn’t be reached for comment, said in her Dec. 7 resignation letter that “this is not the season for me to bring humble service to our town.”

“I have truly enjoyed serving a year with all of you,” she wrote. “I need to step back and tend to my family.”

The winner of the seat will serve from March 26 of this year to Dec. 31, 2019, according to a legal notice.

Qualifying is set for Feb. 12-14 at Town Hall, 109 King St. The fee is $43.20.

Clermont special election

Open seat: Ward 1, Town Council

When: March 20

Qualifying: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m and 2-4:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14 at Town Hall, 109 King St. The fee is $43.20.

More info: 770-983-7568

Advance voting is set for Feb. 26-March 16 at Town Hall. Absentee ballots will be available at Town Hall beginning Feb. 26.

The North Hall town has had a fair bit of turnover on the council the past few years.

Brown was the lone qualifier in August 2016 to replace Eric Thomas, who had resigned earlier in the year. Thomas was the lone candidate in 2014 to replace his predecessor, Debra Armour, who had resigned early in that year.

Then, last year, incumbent Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristi Crumpton decided not to seek re-election. James Castleberry Jr. won her seat in a November election to begin his term Jan. 1.

One constant has been Mayor James Nix, who was elected in November to his fourth four-year term. Also firm has been the town’s defiance of alcohol, as residents resoundingly said no in November to beer and wine sales in a nonbinding poll.

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