DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –Voters still have a few days of early voting left to cast a ballot in the Nov. 5 general election for the City of Dawsonville.
Incumbent Mike Eason is facing a challenge from political newcomer Durant Wright in the race for mayor. Two city council seats are also on the ballot but, in both cases, the candidates are unopposed. Long time councilman Caleb Phillips represents Post 1. First time candidate, John Walden will represent Post 3.
Eason was appointed to office in 2017 after former Mayor James Grogan was impeached. He won a special election in 2018. He has had some successes as mayor, including the construction of Main Street Park and the farmers market.
Wright recently moved here from Tennessee. He owns several small businesses and believes his business experience will benefit the city.
Voters must live within the city limits to vote in the mayoral or city council races. However, there is an important referendum on the ballot that county voters are encouraged to vote on – the education special purpose local option sales tax, or ESPLOST VI.
The one-cent sales tax will extend the current ESPLOST for five more years, or until $48 million is collected. It can be used to fund capital projects. School officials have earmarked $17.5 million for a new agriculture facility, multi-purpose facility and a technology facility. $12 million would be set aside for a new elementary school and $12 million for technology upgrades.
Voters may cast an early ballot at the Dawson County elections office, 96 Academy Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday.
Election Day is Nov. 5 when all precincts will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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