Mayor Gordon Sands, right, and Councilman Willie Washington discuss business during a Welaka Town Council meeting in 2019. WELAKA – Longtime Mayor Gordon Sands will not seek re-election as the top elected official in this small South Putnam town. Sands was first elected as Welaka’s mayor in 1996. He served 11 years… Premium Content is available to subscribers only. Please login here to access content or go here to purchase a subscription.