With candidate qualifying completed this week, political contests are shaping up for city governments in Hall County.
Here’s a look at the races in the Nov. 2 election:
In Gainesville, the mayor seat is the only contested race this fall with incumbent Ward 1 councilman Sam Couvillon facing off against Devin Pandy, who ran against U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, in 2020.
Current mayor Danny Dunagan will run uncontested for the District 1 council seat. Though Art Gallegos Jr. had announced his candidacy for the Ward 4 seat earlier this summer, he did not qualify to run. Incumbent George Wangemann will run unopposed.
The only contest will be for Post 3 between Chip McCallum, a commercial sales director, and William McDaniel, a real estate agent. Current Councilwoman Leslie Jarchow isn’t seeking re-election.
Also noteworthy is the city now has a mayor in waiting, former Councilman Ed Asbridge, who quit his Post 2 seat to run for the higher office. He will take over Jan. 1, 2022, for Mike Miller, who opted not to seek re-election this year.
A special election will take place in March to fill the Post 2 seat, Interim City Manager Vickie Short said.
Details about that election, including qualifying dates, “will be communicated once we get past this upcoming election and into the new year.,” Short said.
A mayor’s race is set between current District 4 Councilman Hardy Johnson and attorney Kurt Ward. Current Mayor Bill Orr didn’t seek re-election.
The District 4 race is between salesman Jeff Gardner and James Murphy, president of Standard Pump Inc. And incumbent District 2 Councilwoman Peggy Slappey will defend her seat against Realtor George Harper.
Kathleen Welch and Lien Diaz are opposing each other for Pat Pirkle’s Board of Education seat.
Lula’s mayoral race is between incumbent Jim Grier and Joe Thomas. Thomas’s wife, Patti, is running for the District 2 council seat along with incumbent Marvin Moore and Denise Shockley.
Incumbent Mordecai Wilson will be challenged by Gene Bramlett for his District 3 seat.
No contested races.
In Gillsville two incumbents are running against each other for a seat on town council. Larry Poole, the incumbent for Post 1 will run for the Post 2 seat against incumbent Jeff “JT” Perry.
Kody Rylee and Phil Ferguson will oppose each other for the Post 1 seat.