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Gaines, Power claim seats on city council
Voters also OK alcohol sales on Sunday
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Political newcomers Chris Gaines, left, and Jason Power were the winners in Tuesdays municipal election. They will take their seats on the Dawsonville City Council in January, replacing Mike Sosebee and Mike Wilson. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Voters in Dawsonville made two clear decisions Tuesday.

They wanted change on the city council and to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays.

The results of the municipal election mean two political newcomers will take seats on the Dawsonville City Council come January.

They also mean package sales of alcohol will be allowed at stores in the city limits on Sundays.

Jason Power and Chris Gaines tallied the most votes for council. The posts went to the top two vote-getters in the five-candidate field.

Power received 194 votes, or 35.6 percent, to Gaines 153 votes, or 28.1 percent, to unseat two incumbents.

They both thanked their opponents and the voters after the ballots were tallied.

"I'm honored to be chosen to help lead the city going forward. I think the next few years are critical and I know I'll be able to be a positive impact on the city," Gaines said.

Mike Sosebee received 110 votes, while fellow incumbent Mike Wilson drew 54 votes.

Also running was Frank Craft, who received 29 votes.

"Not only have I gained a lot of friends campaigning in the city, but it's also got me a lot of friends in the other councilmen and the ones that were also running with me," Power said. "I certainly will be counting on them for guidance."

Mayor Joe Lane Cox did not have any opposition.

"I appreciate the opportunity to run unopposed. I appreciate every vote I got," Cox said. "I will not let the people down."

Package sales were also overwhelmingly approved in Tuesday's election by a 62.75 to 37.25 percent margin, a measure that pleased Russ Marcotte, who owns the city's lone package store.

"I'm glad it passed, and I'm glad the voters were able to decide instead of leaving it up to the bureaucrats," he said.

Initially on the fence about the referendum, Marcotte had a "vote yes" sign at his downtown business for the last few weeks.

"Sunday's been our day off," he said. "No one wants to work seven days a week, but maybe this will be the shot in the arm we need."

And it may. Dawsonville is one of a few governments to place Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot for a vote.

"Hopefully, this will work out just fine for us," Marcotte said.