Welcome to the 2019 City Election Guide For House District 95
by Representative Beth Moore
House District 95 is entirely municipalized, meaning every resident lives within the boundaries of one of our five cities. This year Peachtree Corners, Norcross, and Johns Creek will have competitive mayoral and/or city council elections. These elections are non-partisan, and I will not be be making any endorsements. However, knowledge is power, so my goal is to empower the voters of House District 95 with the information they need to assess the candidates and learn about local referendums. Less than 20% of registered voters participate in local elections, so be sure to mark your calendar, share this information with your neighbors, and vote early!
Election Day — Tuesday Nov 5, 2019 7am to 7pm
Where To Vote:
Peachtree Corners: City Hall — 310 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Norcross: City Hall — 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross, GA 30071
Johns Creek: You will vote at your normal precinct location; however, a few locations have changed since the last election. Check your precinct location by visiting “My Voter Page” on the Secretary of State’s website. If you live in House District 95, your voting location is Autry Mill Middle School, 4110 Old Alabama Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022.
Starting with the largest city by population in Gwinnett County, Peachtree Corners had four city officials facing re-election this year: Mayor Mike Mason and councilmembers Phil Sadd (Post 1), Alex Wright (Post 3), and Lorri Christopher (Post 5). Mayor Mason and councilmembers Sadd and Wright had no opponents and therefore have each been be re-elected to a four-year term. Councilmember Christopher faces a challenge from software architect Cherlon Mathias-Day for this “at-large” seat. “At large” means Post 5 covers the entire city and all voters are eligible to participate (as opposed to “district” seats like Posts 1 and 3, which represent certain segments of the city).
City Council (Post 5)
In Norcross, registered voters will make selections in three competitive elections, as well as two ballot referendums. First, Mayor Craig Newton and Councilman Chuck Paul will both be vying to serve a two-year term as Mayor. Mr. Paul’s council seat therefore opens up, and three individuals will compete for that spot: Matt Myers, Jeff Hopper, and Alex Hecht. Council member Dan Watch will not seek re-election, and three candidates will compete to take his place: Bruce Gaynor, Tyler Christian Hannel, and former council member David McLeroy. Each winner will serve a two-year term. Voters will also decide on the ballot via referendum (1) whether to change city council and mayoral terms from two years to four years and (2) whether to move Sunday alcohol sales from 12:30pm to 11:00am.
City Council (Seat A)
City Council (Seat B)
Johns Creek, more than any other city in HD-95, has attracted a wide field of candidates vying for three city council seats. Of the current office holders, only Councilman Chris Coughlin will be seeking re-election, and he is being challenged by Adam Thomas, Kent Altom, and Marybeth Cooper. For the open seat in Post 2, three candidates are seeking the position: Brian Weaver, Dilip Tunki, and Royce Reinecke. Post 3 has drawn three candidates: Erin Elwood, Issure Yang, and Judy LeFave. The winners of each race will serve a four-year term.