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Teacher qualifies to run for Flowery Branch council seat
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A Gwinnett County teacher qualified Monday for the Post 1 seat on the Flowery Branch City Council.

Chris Strickland is hoping to fill a seat vacated by Craig Lutz, who left the council in April to seek the District 1 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

A 10-year resident of Flowery Branch, Strickland teaches at Twin Rivers Middle School in Buford.

Qualifying to fill the remaining two years of Lutz's four-year term is set to take place 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday at City Hall, 5517 Main St.

The city will hold a Sept. 21 election at City Hall for the office. A runoff election, if needed, would take place Oct. 19.

Qualifying also is set for Sept. 27-29 to fill the mayor seat vacated by Diane Hirling, who resigned in May to retire to Florida, and a council seat being vacated by Interim Mayor Mike Miller, who has announced he plans to resign to run for mayor.

The election to replace Hirling and Miller is set for Nov. 2.

Hirling began serving her second four-year term and Miller his first four-year term on Jan. 1.