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Richardson to run for Braselton mayor

BRASELTON - Mayor Pat Graham will have competition in her quest for a third term in 2009.

Councilman Ralph Richardson Jr. announced Tuesday he would campaign for the city's top post, beginning with a kickoff celebration at noon May 2 at a park near the town's downtown.

"In addition to a focus on providing good service to Braselton taxpayers, I am the best candidate to provide positive leadership that brings us together and keep Braselton moving in the right direction," said Richardson, a Braselton native who retired from the military before starting his own small business.

Graham, who became the first mayor of Braselton who was not a member of the town's founding family, said she is proud of her work for the past eight years and will seek another term.

"My goals for our town remain the same as when I first took office in 2002," she said, enumerating goals of achieving high-quality growth, seeking community input, providing services at a low cost and continuing to operate the city without collecting a property tax.

"Braselton has achieved excellent results in managing growth, developing and improving our infrastructure and planning for the future of our award winning community," she said. "I hope everyone in town is as proud as I am to call Braselton home, and I look forward to continuing the positive progress of our community."

Richardson, who has served on the council for six years, said he is also committed to running the government without collecting property taxes.

"In the current financial environment our families face, it is more important than ever that we continue to be good stewards of Braselton's finances so that we can continue to prevent homeowners from having to pay property taxes," he said.