May 21, 2024 Special Election

Wangemann resigns from Gainesville City Council Ward 4 seat
City applauds longest-serving seated member for nearly 40 years of service

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Dec. 19, 2023) – With the heaviest of hearts, George Wangemann resigned from his Ward 4 seat, effective at the end of 2023.

Having devoted nearly 40 years to representing Ward 4, Wangemann was the longest-serving seated member of the Gainesville City Council – a responsibility he never took lightly or for granted. Citing his declining health, Wangemann shared his decision to vacate his post Dec. 19, 2023, at the meeting of the Gainesville City Council.

“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve the City of Gainesville for what some would consider a lifetime,” Wangemann said. “Devoting these last 38 years to serving on the Gainesville City Council has been more fulfilling and rewarding than I ever imagined possible. Through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I have met extraordinary people, including my fellow councilmembers you see before you today, and have been blessed with valuable opportunities to enact change for the benefit of my fellow Gainesvillians. While I wish my health allowed me to finish out my current term, I can truthfully say I have tried my hardest to act in the best interest of the people of Gainesville. Thank you for trusting me all these years to be your voice – I hope I have made this Council, this community and my family proud.”

The City plans to announce the date of a special election to fill the vacancy soon.

See the press release in its entirety here.

Important Details

This special election is held in conjunction with the Hall County General Primary/Nonpartisan Election.

Qualifying Packets Ready for Release

Qualifying packets are available upon request. Please contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule an appointment to receive and review this information.

Qualifying Period: March 3-6, 2024

The City Clerk's Office will conduct qualifying in compliance with the Georgia Election Code on the referenced dates. See the Election Notice for more details.

Register to Vote 

The last day to register to vote in this election is April 22, 2024. For more information on registering to vote please visit the Resources page.

Advance/Early Voting

Advance/Early voting will occur each week day beginning April 29, 2024 and ending May 17, 2024. Additional voting options include Saturday, May 4, 2024 and Saturday, May 11, 2024. The hours and locations will be published by the Hall County Elections Office.

Absentee Ballot 

Absentee Ballot Applications will be accepted beginning March 4, 2024. Voters can make a request via GA My Voter Page or in person at the Hall County Government Center located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. For more information on absentee by mail voting visit

Election Day 

Election Day voting will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters will cast ballots at the same locations utilized for the Hall County General Primary/Nonpartisan Election.

Run-off election 

June 18, 2024, if necessary