First-time candidate wins Loganville council seat

LOGANVILLE - On his first run for office, attorney Austin Owen Jones got the most number of votes in the Loganville city council election Tuesday. He will serve on the council alongside incumbents Jerry Price and Wendell Geiger.

Jones, whose father is former Loganville mayor Mike Jones, hopes to work on traffic problems, encourage growth in the city and increase the number of parks in the area.

"It's been a long couple of months here, but the voters of Loganville have spoken. And I'm ready for them," Jones said.

Retired police officer Price attributed his successful campaign to his personal commitment. He worked in law enforcement for 34 years before running for the city council.

"I'm a nice guy," Price said. "The truth and integrity part helped. And I do have that."

Geiger, the manager of a water utility, has served on the city council for 12 years, including six as vice-mayor.

"I'm excited about winning," Geiger said. "I'd like to thank all of the people in this city who supported and voted for me. I'd just like to work hard for them."

Jones got the most votes with 505, while Geiger got 485 and Price received 465. The other candidates, barber Jonathan Melton and Officer Pedro Vega, got 419 and 335 respectively.

The turnout rate was 21 percent, higher than expected on an off-year election. This was likely because of the liquor by the drink referendum on the ballot, said Deputy City Clerk Kristi Ash. There are approximately 4,200 active voters in Loganville, 885 of whom turned out to vote.

Loganville residents voted down selling liquor by the drink for the third time in 10 years. Establishments in the city will only be able to sell wine and beer.