SUWANEE -- Seven candidates were vying for four city council seats Tuesday, following a campaign that saw uncharacteristic disharmony among candidates. Posts 2, 3 and 4 were contested, with some of the newcomers charging that overtaxing and overspending were problems in Suwanee's government.
The Post 2 seat, recently vacated by Jeanne Rispin, was won by Dick Goodman with 775 votes. Goodman's opponent, Winship Rees, received 597 votes.
"I'm very happy to be able to join council and ensure that Suwanee will continue to be a great place to live," Goodman said.
Rees could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The Post 3 council seat was won by incumbent Kevin McOmber with 783 votes. Opponent Don Trawick took 595 votes.
"These elections are hard work. But we get to meet a lot of people that we might not otherwise get to, and we hear about issues that we may not have heard about otherwise," McOmber said. "We're a better city for having gone through the process though."
McOmber said healing needs to take place following this election, based on several claims made by candidates who charged overtaxing and overspending by city leaders.
"We can move past that ,though, and continue to work together to keep Suwanee a great place to live," he said.
Trawick could not be reached for comment.
Incumbent Jace Brooks won the Post 4 seat with 753 votes, while opponent Brad Alexander received 618 votes. "I am just so excited that the citizens of Suwanee are allowing me to serve for four more years," Brooks said.
Trawick and Alexander joined forces during this election, both vowing to cut unnecessary spending and property taxes, enforce current zoning laws and accelerate the city's debt payments.
"I've been involved in the city in the past, and I'm sure I'll continue to. I'm just not sure right now in what capacity," Alexander said.
Unopposed incumbent Dan Foster was re-elected to the Post 5 council seat.