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City election next week
City of Dawsonville

This time next week, residents of Dawsonville will know who will be sitting on the 2018 city council.

Two council seats are up for election and voting day is Nov. 7.

The terms of current council members Angie Smith and Mike Sosebee are up in January, and the two have qualified for re-election.

Smith, a lifetime Dawsonville resident, is currently serving her second term on city council. She works as property manager at Fouts Properties and part time music minister at Kilough Church by the Lake.

Sosebee, a retired businessman, held a seat on city council from 1980 to 2001, was re-elected for another term in 2004 and has served on the council since.

Challenging the two are Mark French and Steve Tolson, newcomers to the Dawsonville political scene.

French, originally from Dahlonega, has lived in the city for eight years and was formerly employed by Lumpkin County Government in the finance department as the budgeting grant analyst. He is now office manager at Glazing Rubber Products.

Tolson has lived in the city for nine years and retired from the US Army after 20 years and now works as a medical group manager.

The four participated in a forum hosted by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, which can be viewed on the chamber’s YouTube channel.

Also currently on the council are Caleb Phillips and Jason Power, who is serving as Mayor Pro Tem since former Mayor James Grogan was officially removed from office on Oct. 9.

Voters on Nov. 7 will select two candidates on their ballots, and the two candidates with the highest number of votes will fill the two seats.

According to Glenda Ferguson, Dawson County Board of Elections director of elections and registration, there are 1,933 eligible voters in the city with 1,790 active registered voters.

As of press time, 90 people had cast advance votes for the municipal election.

Voters can head to the Dawson County Board of Elections Office, located at 96 Academy Ave., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

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