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Incumbents to retain council seats in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two incumbents will continue to serve on Lawrenceville's City Council, as voters Tuesday re-elected Bob Clark and P.K. Martin IV.

Unofficial results showed that Clark received 520 votes to Mark Burson's 397, while Martin beat Eddie Oakes 636 to 278.

Both Clark and Martin said Tuesday evening they were pleased with the results.

"I am, of course, elated that the citizens of Lawrenceville want me back for another term," said Clark, celebrating at Locos Grill & Pub.

Burson praised Clark, describing his opponent as a "fine man."

"He has a mount of support in this town," said Burson, adding that he wished Clark luck. "If I can't beat him, I'm going to help him."

Clark, who serves on Post 3, said he wants to continue working to develop the downtown area and improve the quality of neighborhoods.

One thing Clark said he'd like to accomplish is the creation of a corridor that would connect Georgia Gwinnett College with the downtown Square. The city is currently studying how to turn Northdale Road into a pleasant and attractive boulevard, he said.

Developing that connection between the state's newest four-year college and the city is also one of Martin's priorities. Martin, who represents Post 4, said he would also like to continue the momentum in the downtown development.

"I'm happy, obviously," said Martin, who was celebrating with family and friends at Lil' River Grill. "I'm pleased. We're obviously celebrating a little bit. .... I'm glad I have two more years."

Oakes said he appreciated the support he got in the race. He declined further comment.