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Election qualifying ends

Three vie for spots on council

POSTED: September 4, 2013 4:00 a.m.


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Qualifying for the Dawsonville City Council election Nov. 5 closed with three candidates, including two incumbents, filing to run.

The ballot features two city council seats, as well as a referendum on Sunday restaurant liquor sales.

The posts will go to the top two vote-getters among Frank Craft and incumbents Angie Smith and Mike Sosebee.

Smith and Sosebee were tapped during a 2012 special election to fill the seats left vacant by former Councilmen James Grogan and Calvin Byrd, who stepped down to run for mayor following the death of Joe Lane Cox.

Sosebee has served non-consecutively on the city council for more than three decades. He has previously served as mayor pro-tem and is Dawsonville's most experienced city council member.

Smith serves as a partner in her family's commercial and residential real estate leasing firm in downtown Dawsonville. Both are lifelong residents of Dawsonville.

Sosebee said that there was no second thought about running this year and that his role as a city councilman was to serve those who elected him.

"We are here to serve the citizens that elect us. Anytime they need anything, they need to just call on the city," Sosebee said. "If there's something the city can do, we'll do it for them."

Smith, however, had said she wanted to consult with her family before seeking a full four-year term with the City of Dawsonville.

"I wanted my family's support and to make sure the kids understood that I would be taking on more responsibilities before I decided," she said. "Scott [Smith], the kids and my parents all have been fully supportive."

Like Sosebee, Smith wants to make sure the people of Dawsonville are served and to continue building on what the city has started.

"I'm excited to continue with the downtown revitalization plans. However, I want to make sure we have more open lines of communication between downtown businesses and city hall as we move forward with this," she said. "I also want to make sure there is an open line of communication between the community and city hall to keep the citizens aware of city's plans and efforts."

The third candidate, Craft, has previously served on the city council, as well as the Dawson County commission.

"I don't like the way city politics are going right now," Craft said. "They're questionable. I don't like going into a city meeting and coming out knowing less than when I went in."

If elected, Craft said his plans were to "serve the people, not the council."

Craft also issued a challenge to his competition.

"I challenge you to not use any signs during this campaign. They are ugly and mess up the city. We should do our own footwork and talk to the people on our own."

City residents can still register to vote from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration office on Academy Avenue. The deadline to do so is Oct. 7.

In addition to the government posts, the city's residents will also vote on a referendum that would allow restaurants in the city to sell liquor by the drink on Sundays. Currently, city restaurants can sell only beer and wine.




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