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Meet your city council candidates: Mike Sosebee
Mike Sosebee
Mike Sosebee, Dawsonville City Council member

Two Dawsonville City Council seats are up for election this fall, with early voting beginning in just a few short weeks. As the election draws closer, it’s important to get to know the candidates you’re voting for to fill the council Post 2 and Post 4 seats. DCN sat down with all four candidates to ask them a couple questions about themselves and their goals if they should be elected. 

Sosebee is 79 years old and is conservative. He is a high school graduate, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired sales manager. He has lived in the city for 50 years and is involved in the community he lives in, including being a member of the American Legion and attending church in the city. 

He has previously served on the city council for several years, from 1980-2004 and again from 2012-2017. He is currently running for Post 2 City Council seat against William Illg. 

Q: Why are you running for city council?

A: “I want to use my love and knowledge of Dawsonville as a member of the city council. I have a servant’s heart, family, church and community. More than 30 years service on the city council gives me institutional insight and a vision for our future.” 

Q: How does your line of work, political background and life experiences translate to you being a strong candidate for this seat? 

A: “I have a lot of experience and I know how the city was in the past; I want to carry into the future what I know from the past."

Q: What is your definition of leadership and what are some examples of leadership positions you have held? 

A: “I’ve always been in management my whole life. Leaders really know a business and know what to do; you’re directing all these other people so you actually know what you’re doing to guide the other people in the directions they need to go.” 

Q: What are some of the biggest continuations or changes you plan on bringing to the city?

A: “People move to Dawsonville for the small town atmosphere and we’re losing that fast, and I know you can’t keep it down but I would like to keep it the way it is as much as possible. It’s a good place to raise your kids, we have a good school system, and it’s getting bigger and changing rapidly.” 

Q: What about Dawsonville makes you want to be a part of its government? 

A: “I like to be in the position to make my voice count. I know a lot about it already from the years that I’ve served, so maybe my experience with that will help me do a good job in the future if elected.” 

Q: What are the top three issues you believe Dawsonville is currently facing and what are your plans to address each?

A: “I think that the city should be concerned about the growth of the city compared to the traffic situation we have here; we have a bad traffic situation. As far as I know, there’s not future plans to widen 53 — the county can’t afford to do it and the city certainly can’t afford to do it. Slow down growth and that would keep the traffic problems from increasing. 

When you have growth, you wanna make sure that you have the water capacity and the sewage capacity — everything has to do with growth. You just gotta make sure that you have adequate water and the right kind of sewage system to support the growth. 

And I think we need to keep downtown Dawsonville pretty much intact down here.” 

Q: What is the importance of supporting local small businesses in Dawsonville and do you have any plans to help further this initiative? 

A: “I would preserve and enhance the historic downtown. I would support all the businesses that are here in Dawsonville and I would support growth.”

Q: In what direction would you like to see Dawsonville head as a tourist attraction during your term? 

A: “The museum we have out here is probably about the best thing we’ve got going for attraction; we don’t have many attractions in downtown Dawsonville. And the park is a good attraction for local people too.”

Q: How much time are you willing or able to commit to being a council member? 

A: “I’ve got all the time in the world; I’m retired so I’ve got all the time it takes to be on the council.” 

Q: What makes you the best candidate for the seat? 

A: “I’ve got a lot of experience and I don’t have to be trained, I can just walk right in.”