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Ballot set for upcoming city election
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The ballot for the Nov. 8 municipal election is set after qualifying ended Friday.

Three challengers and two incumbents will vie for two Dawsonville City Council seats, while Mayor Joe Lane Cox drew no opposition.

Councilmen Mike Wilson and Mike Sosebee will look to retain their seats against Frank Craft, Chris Gaines and Jason Power.

Power and Gaines registered to run Aug. 29, while Craft put his name in Aug. 31.

Balloting is citywide, with the top two vote-getters securing posts.

In addition to the contests for elected office, the city's nearly 1,300 registered voters will also weigh a referendum that would allow Dawsonville retailers to sell alcohol on Sundays.

If passed, the measure would allow package sales of alcohol from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

This is the first year municipal elections will be overseen by the Dawson County Board of Elections and held at its office on Academy Avenue.

As a cost-saving measure, the city council voted to shift the site in July.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 11.

A polticial newcomer, Power, 29, is an appointed member of the Dawsonville Planning Commission and serves as a precinct chairman for the Dawson County Republican Party.

"I have been blessed to work with and develop friendships with many of the citizens of our city, and I would like to help ensure that this community continues to be vibrant, successful and one that my children will appreciate and love just as I do," Power said in his qualifying announcement.

A downtown businessman, the 34-year-old Gaines announced he would run for a council seat in May.

"I live here, my business is here and I am raising my family here," Gaines said in his campaign statement. "I am invested in this community and want to ensure its vitality for the future."

Gaines serves as chairman of the Dawsonville Downtown Develop-ment Authority.

A veteran of local politics, Craft, 58, said his experience will help council take the city to the next level.

"I think I can bring that to the table," he said in June when he announced his candidacy.

Craft served on the council from 2000-04 before serving nearly three years on the Dawson County commission.

In 2007, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Joe Lane Cox.