Political newcomer Alex Berkobin is vying for incumbent Mike Zenchuk’s Post 3 seat while Bob Kovacs, who serves on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, is challenging Council Member Karen Barnett for the Post 4 seat.
Though Mayor Timothy Downing and Council Member Jeremy Smith also are up for re-election, both are running unopposed.
The election will coincide with this year’s general election and city residents will be able to vote for all of the races, as the positions are elected at-large.
According to the four candidates’ disclosure reports with the state Campaign Finance Commission, no one raised or spent any money.
The city election is on the general election ballot for Holly Springs voters.
Georgia law requires state residents to show photo identification when voting in person.
Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid state or federal government issued photo ID — including a free voter ID card, Georgia driver’s license — even if expired — a valid government employee photo ID, a valid U.S. passport ID, a valid U.S. military photo ID and a valid tribal photo ID.
Cherokee County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said that those who want to cast their ballot for the city elections can vote at any early voting site in the county this week.
When a voter is identified, the appropriate ballot will be loaded into the voting machine, she said.
Early voting continues through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five locations around the county.
Voters can cast a ballot at the Cherokee County Elections Office at 400 E. Main Street in Canton, the Ball Ground Public Library at 435 Old Canton Road. in Ball Ground, the Hickory Flat Public Library at 2740 East Cherokee Drive, the Rose Creek Public Library at 4476 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock and Woodstock Public Library at 7735 Main Street, Woodstock.
On election day Tuesday all voters must cast their ballots at their precincts, with the 42 precincts open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All four candidates said they want to keep an eye on taxpayer dollars while making sure that services are strong for city residents.
They all said they would like to see improved economic conditions and commercial growth for the city to help strengthen the tax base and offset taxes for homeowners.
Each candidate in the contested races answered several questions about their qualifications and plans for the city of Holly Springs.