FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Only one person qualified for the open District 2 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners seat which will be filled later this year.
Dennis Brown, a retired U.S. Army colonel and veteran of the Afghanistan war, was the sole entrant when qualifying ended Sept. 1.
Voter Registrations and Elections Supervisor Barb Luth said her department will wait a week to see if a write-in candidate qualifies. If not, the special election will not be held.
If another candidate emerges, the special election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7 for the unexpired term left vacant by Rick Swope who resigned Aug. 15. The term runs through December 31, 2020 and the seat covers most of the southern portion of the county.
Only voters residing in District 2 will be eligible to vote in the special election.
The voter registration deadline for the special election is Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Advance voting will be offered from Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Nov. 3, with hours and locations to be set at a later date.
During his military career, Brown received the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit for his service.
“I’ve seen combat zones that had better planning than the current residential communities approved over the last few years by the County Commission,” Brown said. “We need to protect what’s great about Forsyth. That means setting a mission and implementing a strategic plan to grow responsibly, shield schools from overcrowding and defend our conservative values.”
Brown is a longtime conservative activist who has served on the board of Georgia’s Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, as a delegate to the Republican convention and as treasurer of the Forsyth County Republican Party.
Currently, Brown teaches classes on terrorism and homeland security part-time at Kennesaw State University, while working to obtain his doctorate degree.
Brown has lived in Forsyth County for almost two decades, with his wife Suzy and two children and three grandchildren.