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Mayor stays mum on plans for reelection, retirement

Gravitt says he will decide political future this spring



CUMMING, Ga. — Although the office of Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the mayor would make an announcement Feb. 21 on a bid for reelection, he is staying quiet for now.

“I have a health issue and I’m going to have surgery in the middle of March,” Gravitt said. “Before I make any announcements I’m going to wait until I get through with my surgery and get some doctor’s advice.”

He said the decision is up in the air for now.

“I have contemplated on not running because of health reasons,” he said. “But since I do have surgery, I want to wait to make an official announcement.”

At a Feb. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said the county would have to “work with a new mayor” next year while developing the county’s future taxes.

Mills confirmed after the meeting that she was told by Gravitt that he would not be seeking reelection due to personal reasons.

When asked, Gravitt’s office said he would be making an official statement on the topic at the city’s Feb. 21 council meeting.

Gravitt was first elected mayor in 1970, taking office in January 1971. He also served from 1967-1970 on the City Council.

In the midst of this year’s political uncertainty, Cumming resident Troy Brumbalow announced his candidacy for mayor Jan. 31.

“I want to use my business and government experience to lead my hometown of Cumming as its next mayor,” Brumbalow said in a statement. “I have been honored and humbled by the outpouring of support I have already received. Over the next several months leading up to the election in November I look forward to working hard and earning the votes of the good people who live in Cumming.”

Brumbalow is a graduate of South Forsyth High School and owns several businesses in Cumming.

“I love my hometown and want to leverage my skills, knowledge and experience to build upon the successes of the past while moving Cumming forward,” he said. “This is the basis of my campaign’s motto, ‘Respect the Past while Moving Forward.’ I want Cumming to be a place where people want to grow their businesses and raise their families.”

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