As predicted, the campaign season in Flowery Branch looks to be a busy one. Late last week, former Council Member, Chris Fetterman, announced on WDUN his intentions to run for office. Evidently, Mr. Fetterman was vague in announcing exactly which position he was running for leaving the option open to either run for a council seat or the Mayor’s.
It is up to us to guess as to why the announcement was made so early, but with the appearance on the radio this early, we can assume that we may have an active spring. I say early, because it looks like Flowery Branch intends to qualify candidates between August 26 and 28. Until a candidate qualifies, he (or she) isn’t really a candidate; therefore, the potential candidate doesn’t have to say what they are running for or even commit to running. However, once the candidate starts to take contributions or make expenditures, they are required to file with the state. It looks like the first filing to look for will be on March 31st.
We will circle back around this April to see if there is anything interesting in any of the incumbent’s campaign reports. I doubt that any of the challengers (even Fetterman) will need to file until after the summer filing.