Gilmer — A Gilmer-based political action committee filed signatures Wednesday with the Gilmer city manager in hopes of making alcohol sales legal in the historically dry Upshur County seat.
The group, Gilmer Committee for Economic Growth, gathered more than 430 signatures that, if approved, will place two propositions on the May ballot.
“There is no agenda for me other than that I want to see this little historic town square prosper,” said Gerald Jones, treasurer for the committee and owner of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. “When all these other little towns are going wet and voting damp, the idea really is, yeah, we would be left behind. Who is going to want to be here?”
The committee hopes to allow residents to vote to approve the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption and the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders.
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