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Council race decided

Sosebee, Smith tally wins

POSTED: November 6, 2012 9:56 p.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Mary Sosebee congratulates husband Mike Sosebee on his election to the Dawsonville City Council Tuesday night at the Dawson County elections office.

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The ballots are counted and voters in Dawsonville have re-elected a longtime council member and a political newcomer to two seats on city council.

Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Hammond Smith, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term earlier this year, are expected to be sworn into office next week.

Sosebee tallied the most votes with 489, or 34 percent, to Smith's 428, or 30 percent.

"I am glad that I received the amount of votes from the citizens of Dawsonville, and I appreciate everybody voting, especially the ones that voted for me," Sosebee said. "I'll try to do a good job for all the people."

Smith also thanked those who supported her during the campaign.

"I had a lot of people that helped and supported me. I do appreciate it. It meant a lot to hear from the people that I know and have known my entire life and to get to meet people out in town that supported me," she said.

Sosebee, who ran an unsuccessful city council campaign in 2011, said he looks forward to resuming his position on the council where he served for about three decades.

"I think we've got a good team and I'm proud to be a member of the team," he said.

Smith and Caleb Phillips were appointed to temporarily fill the two council seats vacated when former councilmen James Grogan and Calvin Byrd resigned to run for mayor after the death of Joe Lane Cox in March. Phillips chose not to seek a permanent seat. Grogan was elected as mayor.

"The city means a lot to me. This is where we work, where we live, where my kids go to school and hopefully where we stay. I want this to be where they stay when they grow up. To lay a foundation and to support growth is exciting," Smith said.

Three other candidates were also vying for the two open seats.

Former councilman Frank Craft came in third with 217 votes, or 15 percent. Businessman Alan Metzel received 174 votes, or 12 percent. And Tom Schaide, a real estate professional, received 113 votes, or 8 percent.

Nearly 78 percent of Dawson County's 13,217 registered voters took to the polls in this year's General Election, according to Glenda Ferguson, county election supervisor.

 

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