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City council elections for two districts set for November

Two district post seats for Dawsonville city council will be up for election this November. 

After all four candidates qualified during the qualification period from Aug. 16-19, advanced and absentee voting will begin on Oct. 12, with election day being Nov. 2. This Municipal General Election is for city of Dawsonville voters only. 

Post 2 and Post 4 are both up for election. Post 2 is currently held by William Illg, who was sworn into the position in May 2021. Illg has been a Dawson County resident since 2019 and works as an Investment Advisor and in ministry. Illg had no intentions of becoming a politician, but said he learned the benefits in his short-tenure and wants to continue to expand. 

“The learning curve with being on city council is a big one, but everyone within the city has been such a tremendous help,” Illg said. “The best part of being on city council is being an advocate for our citizens within our community. I’m excited to earn the trust and would love to continue to hold my seat on city council.”

Illg will run against former long-time city council member, Mike Sosebee. Sosebee held a position from 1980-2004 and again from 2012-2017. Sosebee hopes to return to the position to once again contribute to his community. 

“While I was serving on the city council, we accomplished great things for the city of Dawsonville,” Sosebee said. “Some of the accomplishments were grants for the Main Street Park and the Farmer’s Market. I’m looking forward to accomplishing greater things for the citizens of Dawsonville. It would be my honor to serve you again.”

Post 4 is currently held by incumbent Mark Wade French, who was elected into the role in 2017. French grew up in Dahlonega and has lived in Dawsonville for 12 years. He previously spent 18 years working for Lumpkin County Government in the finance department as the budgeting grant analyst.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of the City of Dawsonville,” French said. In the time I have served on the City Council, much has been accomplished.  These accomplishments range from Main Street Park and the Farmers Market to much needed infrastructure improvements. Should the residents of the City of Dawsonville continue to place their faith in me in the upcoming election, I pledge to remain committed to their service.”

Opposing French for the seat is Jamie McCracken. McCracken serves as the Service Manager for Joe Powell and Associates, an industrial equipment supplier in Alpharetta, Ga. McCracken lives in Gold Creek.