Councilmen Ralph Perry and John D. Pugh to Retire

Perry has served 36 years and Pugh 23 years

Ralph Perry and John D. Pugh

During the Aug. 18, 2015, meeting of Cumming City Council, two longstanding members announced that they will not seek re-election when their current terms expire at the close of this year.

Both Councilman Ralph Perry and Councilman John D. Pugh plan to retire from their posts at the end of December. The City will hold an election on Nov. 3 for Council Posts 3, 4 and 5.  Perry holds Post 4 and Pugh holds Post 5, while Post 3 is held by Councilman Lewis Ledbetter, who does plan to seek re-election on Nov. 3

Qualifying period for the Nov. 3 election will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 2. Those wishing to run must come see City Clerk Jeff Honea between those hours to fill out paperwork and pay the qualifying fee of $180 by check or money order.

During the Aug. 18 meeting, both Councilman Perry and Councilman Pugh expressed gratitude to residents of the City, as well as to other elected officials and City of Cumming employees.

“It has been a great honor for me to continuously serve the residents of the City of Cumming for these past almost 37 years,” Perry said. “During that time, I have had the privilege of serving alongside Mayor Ford Gravitt, many outstanding city councilmen, and wonderful City staff members through numerous projects that have helped the residents of both the City of Cumming and Forsyth County.”

Added Councilman Pugh: “Serving on the Cumming City Council all these years has been a highlight of my life. I have enjoyed working with Mayor Gravitt and all my fellow councilmen, as well as all the City staff members. Seeing so much growth and prosperity over the years in our town has been an honor.”

Both Perry and Pugh have witnessed many changes to the City of Cumming and its services and amenities over the years. Both councilmen served throughout the population booms of the past two decades.

Perry and Pugh both welcomed the current Cumming City Hall facility in 2002. Additionally, both councilmen have been involved with several expansions of the city’s Recreation & Parks Department – including the opening of the Cumming Aquatic Center in 2011 and a major renovation of Cumming City Park, which is currently under construction – as well as the City’s Utilities Department, which has almost continuously added new infrastructure over the past two decades to meet the ever-increasing water and sewer needs of residents within the City’s water and sewer service area.

Additionally, Councilmen Perry and Pugh both worked to establish the Cumming Fairgrounds and the Cumming Playhouse, which provide a wide range of entertainment events to the public every year, including Forsyth County’s largest single event – the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

Councilman Perry also worked to create the Veterans War Memorial and has also served for many years as the City of Cumming’s representative to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

While both councilmen will miss serving as elected officials, they say now is simply the right time in their lives to step away from public office due to their health. Both say they are looking forward to spending more time with family and friends.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt thanked both men for their many years of service.

“These two council members have been a great honor to serve with over the years,” Mayor Gravitt said. “I can’t express how appreciative I am of John D. and Ralph for their continued support of this board and of the residents of the City of Cumming and Forsyth County.”