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Craft announces bid for city council
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A veteran of local politics announced Tuesday that he plans to seek a seat on the Dawsonville City Council in November.

Frank Craft said he has the experience the council needs to take the city to the next level.

"I think I can bring that to the table," he said.

Craft previously served on the council from 2000-04 before he was elected to the Dawson County commission, where he served for nearly three years.

He resigned his commission post in 2007 to run for mayor of Dawsonville, but was defeated by incumbent Joe Lane Cox.

Craft said he and Cox recently discussed that campaign and "made amends."

"I told him that I can help the city of Dawsonville," Craft said. "I love this country, I love my state, I love my county and I love my city. And if I'm on city council, I'm going to do whatever I can to help."

During his previous term, the council voted to build the city's water tower and made plans to begin the municipal sidewalk system.

As a county commissioner, he was instrumental in the improvements made to the Hwy. 53-Lumpkin Campground Road crossing.

"I'm proud of those things," Craft said. "I think you have to be aggressive if you want to get things done. You have to ask."

The Nov. 8 election will feature two seats on the council. The election is citywide, with the seats going to the top two vote-getters.

The ballot will also feature a separate contest for mayor. All the incumbents have said they would seek re-election.

Craft is the third candidate to announce his intention to run for a council seat, joining Chris Gaines and Jason Power.

"The future of Dawsonville depends on what the council does for the city," Craft said. "There is still work to be done."