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The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a candidate event prior to the
Dawsonville City Council election. Candidates answering questions from the media and
audience were Mark French, left, Ange Smith, Mike Sosbee and Mike Tolson.
PHOTO BY DENISE RAY

Dawsonville incumbents voted out

By Denise Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dawsonville City Council will have two new members come January 2018.

Incumbents Angie Smith and Mike Sosbee were defeated in the Nov. 7 Municipal General Election by Mark French and Steve Tolson. French captured 157 votes with Tolson close behind with 134. Sosebee came in third with 118 and Smith had 105 votes.

There were 128 early voters, according to Director of Elections and Registration Glenda Ferguson, who added that there were 1,790 eligible voters in the city. One hundred fifty-two voters cast their ballots Election Day, Nov. 7.

“I am both humbled by and thankful for the trust placed in me by the residents of Dawsonville,” French said. “I would like to thank my awesome campaign team for the time and resources they have so generously given to make this possible.  I would also like to thank the other candidates for running such a clean campaign.  As January approaches, I look forward to working with the other council members in serving the residents of Dawsonville.”

Tolson, also new to the Dawsonville political arena expressed his gratitude to his constituents. “I appreciate the people's trust and confidence in my ability to make sound decisions,” he said.

He added that the city’s well-being will be foremost in his mind when it comes to decisions. “When voting, my primary consideration will always be whether the city will benefit,” the U.S. Army veteran said. “It is my intention to do my part to move this city forward in a way that contributes to the prosperity of its citizens. I look forward to a very productive term as city councilman.”

As for the ending of her term as an elected official, Smith reflected on her time as council member proudly. "I am proud of my service to the City of Dawsonville,” Smith said. “Every vote and every decision was made after careful consideration of the city as a whole.  Politics, as they say, changes people, but I can say with certainty, that the decisions I made and votes that I cast had nothing to do with political self-preservation, and everything to do with what was right and best for this city and I am the same down-to-earth, honest person that I was five years ago when I started this endeavor.  I have a great love for this city and will continue to work for its betterment."

Caleb Phillips and Jason Power currently serve as council members. Power has been Mayor Pro Tem since Oct. 9 when Mayor James Grogan was removed from office.

Sosebee did not return requests for comment as of press time.

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