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City qualifying continues
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Only two days remain for those that wish to qualify for Dawsonville's March 7 special election.

The special election ballot will feature the council seat left vacant after the November resignation of former Councilman Chris Gaines following his move outside of the Dawsonville city limits.

Qualifying will run through 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gaines' seat is currently being held by Caleb Phillips, who was sworn in for the temporary appointment in December.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Phillips was the only candidate that has qualified so far, according to Dawson County Registrar Glenda Ferguson.

Phillips previously served on the council as an appointed member when he was selected to fill a seat left open by current-mayor James Grogan and former city councilman Calvin Byrd when both stepped down to run for mayor upon the death of former Mayor Joe Lane Cox.

"I've enjoyed serving on the council both times I was appointed," Phillips said. "A lot of people encouraged me to run, so I did. As a resident of the city, what happens here is important to me, so I want to do what I can to make it a better place."

The qualifying fee for a council seat is $180.

Dates and fees for this year's election were set by the council during its Jan. 7 meeting, pursuant to state law.

For questions involving the Dawsonville election or registering to vote, call the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration at (706) 344-3640.

For any questions involving the city or city council positions, call (706) 265-3256.