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Two vie for Post 1 Cumming Council spot in Dec. 5 runoff

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CUMMING, Ga. — Two candidates are competing again in the Dec. 5 runoff for the Post 1 seat on the Cumming City Council.

Initially, incumbent Chuck Welch lost Nov. 7 to Chad Crane by three votes. However after the close call, the Forsyth County Board of Registrations and Elections ordered a recanvas of the paper ballots for the race to ensure a proper count. The recount showed both candidates locked in a tie.

Both are battling yet again for the seat that Welch has held since a special election in June 2015.

Welch said he is excited for the runoff.

“I was upset when I had lost for a few days because I love being a city councilman and getting to serve the people in the city of Cumming,” Welch said. “I’m very passionate about the city and I’m excited to have the opportunity to keep running and try and earn their votes to stay in my City Council position.”

He said he’ll accept the outcome if he gets reelected or not on Dec. 5.

“But I’m looking forward to getting the victory and I’m working hard to do that,” Welch said. “It’s hard to run these races. Anybody running wants to get the win and I do, too. It’s crazy (it came down to three votes), but I’m just trying to get through it and get the win.”

Crane said he was disappointed when he heard about the runoff.

“What’s fair is fair,” Crane said. “I just have to dig in and win the runoff.”

Crane said a win would mean a lot to him. He said he’s looking forward to winning and helping the new council members and mayor.

“The city of Cumming needs a lot of changes,” Crane said. “The old ‘guard’ hasn’t been doing it for us. They’ve been set in their ways and they haven’t brought Cumming along with the surrounding cities. Everyone around us is moving along with time, and we’re stuck in our ways.”

Both candidates said they voted for themselves and their wives did, too, and will be doing it again on Election Day.

“I, of course, think I’m the best person for the job,” Welch said. “And hopefully my wife does, too.”

Advanced voting will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 1 at Cumming City Hall, 100 Main Street.

The Cumming Precinct at City Hall will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Dec. 5.

All electors who were duly registered to vote and not subsequently deemed disqualified to vote in the Nov. 7 are eligible to vote in this election, regardless of whether or not they actually voted in that election.

The council member elected will hold the office for the four-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and until a successor is qualified and elected.


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