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Qualifying this week to fill late Flowery Branch councilman’s seat
Fred Richards
Flowery Branch councilman Fred Richards died June 14. - photo by Times file photo

Qualifying is set this week to fill the seat of Flowery Branch Councilman Fred Richards, who died in June.

Candidates can file paperwork at City Hall, 5410 Pine St., during normal business hours starting Monday, July 16, and ending Wednesday, July 18. The filing fee is $144.

The Nov. 6 special election will coincide with the county’s general election, so voters will be able to go to their county-designated polling place to cast their ballots.

The new Post 3 council member will be elected at large.

The last day for voters to register for the special election will be Oct. 9.

Richards, 70, had started a new four-year term on Jan. 1 after being re-elected in November. He first won a seat on the council in April 2012 in a special election and was re-elected to his first full term in November 2013.