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Lack of interest cancels city races
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Dawsonville residents seem to be content with their current city leadership.

"No one other than incumbents qualified," said Dawson County Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson Friday afternoon.

Since it's believed the incumbents would vote for themselves, the city election planned for November will be canceled, though write-in candidates have until Sept. 9 to declare their intention to seek the office.

As of press time, Mayor James Grogan, along with Councilmen Jason Power and Caleb Phillips, will retain their seats on the council for the next four years.

"It makes me feel good. It really does," Grogan said. "It's a vote of confidence. The thing of it is that we've accomplished a great deal over the last four years. We've done a lot of good things within the city."

The trio said they were proud to have the support and the confidence of the city voters.

"I'm thankful to have a position on the council, and I'm excited about what we've got going on in the future coming up," Power said, who was elected to his first term and took office Jan. 1, 2012.

He said he's looking forward to continuing the progress of unity the council currently holds.

"That's not saying the previous councils weren't united. We have communications now that just hasn't been the case in the past in my opinion. Just everyone is real interested in getting stuff done and getting the right things done," Power said.

Phillips has served on the council since March when he was the sole candidate vying for the vacated seat held by former Councilman Chris Gaines, who resigned the post upon moving outside the city limits.

"There is so much going on in the city right now that I want to see through," he said, referring to the city's plans to revitalize the downtown area with a park and more sidewalks.

He also previously served as an appointed member to the council when he was selected to fill a seat left open by Grogan and then councilman Calvin Byrd when the duo stepped down to run for mayor following the death of the late Mayor Joe Lane Cox.

"I'm enjoying this and I want see these projects through and do a good job," Phillips said. "My goals would be to see the park completed, see the revitalization done and see a lot of sidewalks go down. Revitalization is important to me."

If held, the Nov. 10 election would have cost an estimated $6,500 based on previous years, according to Ferguson.

 

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