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McOmber wins seat on council

SUWANEE - Summer plans and wet weather may have deterred some from going to the polls Tuesday, but those who did cast their votes made their decision clear.

With an unofficial vote count of 306 to 99, Kevin McOmber won a spot on the Suwanee City Council.

"Getting involved in Suwanee is a real pleasure," McOmber said of his win. "I don't necessarily have a new agenda. I'm just happy to get involved."

McOmber, 41, ran against 32-year-old Andy Duncan for the council spot.

Duncan did not return messages left by the Post.

The special election was held from

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the city's Crossroads Center to decide on a replacement for Alan Lander, who married and moved from the city earlier this year.

McOmber, whose political experience boasts working on the Gwinnett Water and Sewerage Authority, the county Planning Advisory Committee and formerly working with the Suwanee Downtown Development Authority, said he's confident his experience will help him as he goes forward in his new position.

"I think that (experience) is incredibly important," McOmber said. "I'll give you an example: The transportation in this city is an issue. Many of our streets are not controlled by the city. Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, for example, is controlled by the state and the county. And without these relationships I have, it would be difficult to work with those folks."

McOmber said he's had people behind him, including his wife, MaLisa, his two children and friends, helping throughout the election. McOmber said he even knocked on hundreds of doors, looking to meet face to face with Suwanee residents.

"There's two things I'd like to say: One, thank you not only to those who helped before the election but also to those who did take the time to get out and vote," McOmber said. "No. 2, I think the most important quality a councilman can have is to listen, and I do plan to listen to the constituents here."

Although results aren't yet official, McOmber said he's expecting to start work soon, anticipating a small swearing-in ceremony sometime next week.