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Dunagan, Miller win mayoral elections

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Danny Dunagan celebrates his mayoral win with wife Mary Lee in downtown Gainesville.
GAINESVILLE - Danny Dunagan was elected mayor of Gainesville, while incumbent Mike Miller was re-elected to the mayor's post in Flowery Branch in Tuesday's General Election.

After final votes were counted, Dunagan garnered almost 62-percent of the vote in a field of four candidates. His closest opponent Rose Johnson picked up nearly 21-percent of the votes cast in Tuesday's election.

In a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday morning, Johnson said "There are so many people that I need and want to thank. I believe God so much and I trust the work that he has done through this campaign. So, to all of you who turned out to vote yesterday…my heart goes out to you. To those who voted early, by absentee, called your friends and to all of you who prayed and are still praying for me…this journey has been so powerful. Peace and Blessings, Rose."

Charles Alvarez, who finished fourth, in a Facebook posting Tuesday night, said he wanted to thank all his family and friends for there support and prayers "for me as a candidate for Mayor of Gainesville, Georgia. Unfortunately I did not receive enough votes and Danny Dunagan has become Gainesville first elected Mayor."

Numbers from the Hall County Elections Office indicate just 1,850 votes were cast, a 13.4% turnout of registered voters.

Dunagan has served as the mayor of the city in the past, but this is the first time the mayor's office has been an elected position. Previously, the job rotated among elected council members.

Veteran City Councilman George Wangemann and newcomer Sam Couvillon ran unopposed for council posts. Delores Diaz returned to the Gainesville School Board, and Brett Mercer will serve his first term on the school board; neither candidate was opposed.

In Flowery Branch, it was a night for incumbents. Mayor Mike Miller picked up 369 votes to Shanon Lutz' 119.

"I would like to reach out and publicly thank my opponent and neighbor Shanon Lutz for running a clean campaign based on ideas and the future of Flowery Branch," Miller said in a Facebook posting. "It takes a lot of courage to put your name on the ballot and campaign for votes and I look forward to leading a united Flowery Branch forward for four more years."

Council members Fred Anglin and Tara Richards won their races, while Joe Anglin was unopposed and will return to the Flowery Branch City Council.

In the town of Clermont, Kristi Crumpton and Lynn Adams were the top two vote recipients from a slate of five candidates for the town council.

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