Suwanee to hold special election for City Council

SUWANEE - When a controversy sprung up about development in Suwanee's Old Town community, two of the men the city turned to for their opinions were Kevin McOmber and Andy Duncan.

Now, residents can choose between the two for the City Council.

A special election will be held Tuesday to decide the replacement for Alan Lander, who married and moved from the city earlier this year.

For Duncan, the development issue is the reason he got into politics.

He lives in the Old Town area and believes a zoning classification that allows denser development could be detrimental to the community.

"Suwanee's been our own little secret nirvana. The secret's gotten out, so everyone wants to live in Suwanee," he said, adding that he bought a house on a wooded street because that is how he wanted to raise his son. "You can't keep that (atmosphere) if you want to build so everyone can move to Suwanee. ... We shouldn't bulldoze everything else."

McOmber said he agrees with Duncan on a lot of the issues but says he is the better candidate because of his experience on the issues and from working with the city, county and state.

"I recognize my fellow candidate has an agenda, and that's fine, but I don't believe he's experienced in all the issues," said McOmber, who designed Suwanee's Town Center Park. "I want to continue to see (the city) prosper as a regional leader. That can only happen through strong leadership."

Polls will be open at the Suwanee Crossroads Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In Georgia, another special election will be held to decide the replacement for U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Norwood's 10th Congressional District includes Jackson County.