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Council qualifying underway
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Two Dawsonville City Council seats are up for grabs Nov. 6 to fill the unexpired terms of former councilmen James Grogan and Calvin Byrd. Both resigned to run for mayor following the death of Mayor Joe Lane Cox in March.

Grogan was elected mayor on July 31.

Byrd said he will not run for a city council seat.

Ive decided to focus on my business and KARE for Kids, he said in a text message. I do plan on staying involved in the county and city politics and will consider running in the future. Byrds family owns several mini-storage facilities in North Georgia. Several other Dawsonville residents may consider a run for the open seats, including Joe Fortune, who serves on the board of directors for the Howser Mill Home Owners Association; former city council member Frank Craft, Dr. Alan Metzel, and Mike Sosebee. But everyone seems to be waiting to see who else qualifies this week. Qualifying will be held Aug. 28-30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office, located at 96 Academy Ave., Dawsonville. To qualify, candidates must pay $180, complete paperwork, be 18 or older, and must have lived within the city limits for at least a year. Temporary city council member Angie Smith said she hasnt been swayed from her original decision not to run, but she has left the door open. My original intent was not to run, said Smith, who stepped up temporarily to fill one of the two open seats until the Nov. 6 election is held. I havent changed my mind, but Im thinking on it, and Im waiting until 4 on Thursday to see who else qualifies. A second temporary slot has been filed with Caleb Phillips, who said he does not plan to run this year. I dont plan on it right now, but maybe next year, he said. Winning candidates will serve through December 2013. For more information, you may contact the Elections Office at 706-344-3640.