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What’s next to replace late Flowery Branch councilman
Special election may be set Nov. 6 to replace Fred Richards, who died June 14
Fred Richards
Flowery Branch councilman Fred Richards died June 14. - photo by Times file photo

Flowery Branch is considering a Nov. 6 special election to replace City Councilman Fred Richards, who died suddenly June 14.

“I am currently in discussions with Hall County so that we can be put on their ballot as we have in the past,” City Clerk Melissa McCain said Tuesday, June 26.

“This will allow the residents to vote in one location as opposed to having to vote at their county location and then come and vote at the city hall.”

Qualifying dates haven’t been determined yet.

An ordinance calling for the special election could go before the Flowery Branch City Council in July, McCain said.

Richards, 70, had just started a new four-year term on Jan. 1, having been re-elected without opposition in November. He first won his seat on the council in April 2012 in a special election. He was re-elected to his first full term in November 2013.

He also served on the Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau and frequently attended Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and economic development meetings on behalf of the city, Flowery Branch officials said.

Richards “was a real servant to the people,” Councilwoman Mary Jones has said.

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