2 on Lilburn council to run for mayor

LILBURN - Two members of the Lilburn City Council threw their hats into the ring Monday night to run for mayor following Mayor Jack Bolton's recent announcement that he would not be seeking re-election.

Councilwoman Diana Preston, an 18-year council veteran, and Councilman Ken Swaim, who has been serving for four years, announced their respective decisions to run at the monthly council meeting.

Bolton, who has served for 13 years, said he thought it was time for someone else to serve.

"I want to have more time to spend at home with my family," he said.

Because her term doesn't run out for two years, Preston will be resigning at the end of August to run in the Nov. 6 city election.

"I want to continue projects such as revitalization of Lilburn and to strengthen our neighborhoods," she said. She added that she wants to see the high quality of police service maintained for the safety of the community.

Preston, who is retired, said several people asked her to run for mayor.

Swaim, who has built 100 professional cleaning services in Atlanta, said he wanted to run to help the revitalization of the city.

"I use a common-sense approach - if it makes sense, I'm for it," he said.

Swaim, who is up for re-election this year and doesn't have to resign, said he is against condemnation and eminent domain, and for allowing karaoke and trivia contests in Lilburn bars.

In other business, the council:

n Directed the City Planning Commission to allow the use of mini-warehouses and kennels as special-use provisions.

n Authorized an amendment to pay HDR Inc. not more than $20,000 for engineering services for the Camp Creek Greenway Trail project.