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Incumbents carry city election

Sunday alcohol sales changes approved

POSTED: November 5, 2013 9:07 p.m.

With all the ballots counted, Dawsonville has elected its incumbents back into office for city council.

Long-time councilman Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Smith, who was elected last year after being appointed to fill an unexpired term, garnered the top two highest amounts of votes in the election.

Smith received the most votes with 85, or 41 percent, to Sosebee's 72, or 35 percent.

"I thank the voters. I've been honored for the past year to be selected to serve out the remaining term," she said. "Now, to be re-elected for a full term is an even bigger honor. It means the voters trust me. That means a lot to me."

Sosebee also thanked those who supported him during the election.

"I'm thankful for everybody that voted, especially the ones that voted for me," he said. "I'd like to continue representing the people that voted and continue with the revitalization program. We're on a good path right now and I'd like to keep carrying that out."

A third candidate was also vying for one of the seats.

Former councilman Frank Craft came in third with 48 votes, or 23 percent.

"Out of that many people, only a handful voted. I guess people really don't care what's going on," he said. "That's fine. Those that voted did their part. It kills me no more people voted than that."

The winning candidates will begin their 4 year term on Jan. 1, 2014. The term will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Also on the ballot was a referendum to allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the drink on Sunday. The referendum passed with an overwhelming 72 percent of the votes.

Nearly 10 percent of Dawsonville's 1,178 active registered voters took to the polls in this year's general election, according to official results posted by the Dawson County Board of Elections.


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