Thursday February 27th, 2020 9:59PM

Municipal qualifying wraps up in Habersham, White counties

By Rob Moore Reporter

Baldwin, Cornelia, Demorest, Helen and Tallulah Falls will hold elections for municipal government positions on Nov. 5, and Clarkesville and Cleveland each will hold a referendum on Sunday alcohol issues.


City of Baldwin

Baldwin will see qualifiers Stephanie Almagno and Ray Holcomb face off for the open City Council Post 3. Post 1 Councilman Larry Lewallen and Post 2 Councilman Theron Ayers qualified with no opposition.


City of Clarkesville

In Clarkesville, voters will decide a Brunch Bill that reads, “Shall the governing authority of the City of Clarkesville be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.?"

Post 2 Councilwoman Roxie Barron and Post 3 Councilman Terry R. Gladden both qualified unopposed for re-election.


City of Cornelia

In Cornelia, John Borrow qualified unopposed for mayor. Incumbent Mayor J.C. Irby is not seeking re-election.

Ward 1 Commissioner Wesley A. Dodd Jr. faces a challenge from former Baldwin Mayor Mark Reed, a last-minute qualifier for that seat.

Ward 4 Commissioner Tony Cook qualified unopposed for re-election.


City of Demorest

In Demorest, incumbents John Popham and Florence Wikle did not seek re-election, so Nathan W. Davis, John P. Hendrix and Jerry R. Mobley are vying for those two seats on the city council.


Town of Tallulah Falls

In Tallulah Falls, incumbent Mayor Teri Dobbs faces a challenge from Fire Chief Mike Early. Incumbent Councilwoman Mary Beth Hughes will face off against Joey Fountain and Craig Weatherly as voters decide her seat and the one held by Carol Nelms, who did not seek re-election.


Town of Alto

In Alto, incumbent Mayor Audrey Turner qualified unopposed, as did incumbent Post 4 Councilman Eddie Palmer. John Allen Dox Jr. qualified unopposed for the Post 3 seat left vacant by the death of Mike Ivie.

No one qualified for the Post 2 seat left vacant by the resignation of John Closs, who left the post due to health issues and now has moved out of the county.

No election will be required.


Town of Mt. Airy

In Mt. Airy, incumbent Councilmen Chris Green, Adam Tullis and Mike McCoy qualified unopposed for re-election.

No election will be required.


City of Cleveland

In Cleveland, voters will decide a Sunday sales of distilled spirits referendum that would allow those sales from 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Incumbent Mayor Roy “Shan” Ash III, Ward 1 Councilwoman Nan Bowen and Ward 2 Councilwoman Annie Sutton all qualified unopposed for re-election.


City of Helen

In Helen, incumbent Commissioners Jeff Ash and Cinnamon Spurlock, 2019 mayor, qualified for re-election, as did former Commissioner Fred Garmon. Voters will decide from the three to fill two city commission seats.

A mayor is selected each year from within the five elected commissioners, rather than through a public vote.


Town of Homer

In Banks County, the Town of Homer does not have an election this year.

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