Qualifying for May 22 General Primary ends Friday at noon

Election 2018

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — UPDATE: Mark Zeller was the only candidate to add his name to the list of qualifiers for the May 22 General Primary Thursday.

Zeller will campaign for Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners in District 4.

Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Rhett Stringer qualified late Tuesday afternoon and four more candidates tossed their hats into the ring in Wednesday qualifying.

Dennis Hoover (D) and Jeff Moran (R) qualified to run in the District 4 Board of Commissioners race. Also, incumbent Board of Education Chairman Bobby Self (R) qualified along with Craig Poore (R), the incumbent Board of Education member in District 2.

There is also an important race for Georgia House of Representatives District 9 where incumbent Kevin Tanner (R), of Dawsonville, and Mark Hajduk (R), of Cumming, have qualified.

Other county commission candidates who qualified earlier in the week include Peri Lynn Gordon (D) in District 3 and Teresa Gay (D) in District 4. Incumbent Lynn Sylvester (R) qualified to run in the District 4 Board of Education race.

The May General Primary will be held May 22, 2018, with a voter registration deadline of April 23.

Qualifying will continue through this week, ending March 9 at noon. All persons wishing to participate as a candidate in the 2018 election will need to qualify by this time.

Rhett Stringer (I)








Craig Poore (I)

Peri Lynn Gordon

Teresa Gay

Lynn Sylvester


Commissioners Honor 2-Time State Wrestling Champ


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners honored two-time state wrestling champion Zach Matthews of Lumpkin County High School at Tuesday’s meeting by presenting a proclamation and declaring April 18 as Zach Matthews Day.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a module that will help first responders locate the precise coordinates of a 911 caller even when the caller can’t tell 911 where he/she is. E-911 Director Mike Stapleton told commissioners a high percentage of 911 calls originate from cell phones when the caller is away from home. While most callers have a general idea of where they are coming from and going to they cannot provide their exact location.

The technology available from Zuercher allows 911 to send the caller a text with a link in it. The caller will then click on the link and the location information in the phone will send their exact coordinates to the 911 call center.

This information will be extremely helpful for traffic accidents, lost persons, medical problems, and other issues.

Commissioners also approved several resolutions, including:

  • Abandonment of Shadowstone Subdivision roads;
  • Budget amendment requested by the Sheriff’s Office Special Services;
  • Amendment of the Animal Control Ordinance
  • Administrative changes to the Hotel/Motel Ordinance;
  • Extension of the moratorium on approval of additional signs;
  • Appointing Larry Charles to the Hospital Authority;

Contracts and agreements approved by the Board include:

  • IGA with the City of Dahlonega for municipal election;
  • Addendum to the agreement with Legacy Link to provide nutrition program services;
  • Waiver of the bid bond relative to the Administration Building Window Replacement Bid;
  • Enotah Judicial Circuit budget;
  • GDOT Wimpy Airport Tree Removal reimbursement;
  • Ratification of the County Manager Contract;
  • Cooperative Law Enforcement Annual Operating and Financial Plan;
  • Bachmann & Associates Architectural Contract (Commissioner Rhett Stringer opposed).

Commissioners also approved a quit claim deed for the Ralph Dodd property at 575 Grindle Road, a Lottie Ledford commemorative plaque for Fire Station 2 and a vehicle replacement requested by the Sheriff’s Office.


Commissioners Discuss Public Safety at Work Session


DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners devoted a significant portion of Tuesday’s work session to improving fire protection by adding badly-needed equipment and personnel.

Emergency Services Director David Wimpy presented the recommendation of an evaluation committee that the county purchase two 1,500-gallon pumper fire trucks from Mississippi-based Deep South Fire Trucks at a total cost of $499,998.

The committee report indicated there would be no budget impact if the recommendation is approved since the price submitted is under the budgeted amount and will include the cost to be built and retrofitted with the necessary equipment.

There was also a discussion about the EMS staffing policy and Commission Chairman Chris Dockery directed the committee to come back before the Board with a staffing analysis.

Only three of the county’s stations are currently manned by two firefighters around the clock. One station is fully manned but not by county employees and three others are volunteer only. Mill Creek is manned on a part-time basis.

The county has automatic aid agreements with White and Dawson counties and mutual aid agreements with Hall and Forsyth counties, the U.S. Forest Service and Georgia Forestry.

Commissioner Rhett Stringer pointed out Wednesday the county has only three ambulances and there have been 63 times this year when there were no county ambulances to respond to emergencies and an ambulance from an adjacent county had to be used.


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