Newcomer ousts Vega for Loganville seat

LOGANVILLE -- Two city council incumbents retained their seats Tuesday night, according to unofficial results, while newcomer Danny Curry ousted incumbent Pedro Vega.

Curry, who serves on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, was the election's top vote-getter, garnering 318 votes from 412 people who showed up to cast ballots.

He said he doesn't plan on wasting any time getting started once he returns from a short out-of-town trip.

"I plan on making appointments with department heads ... talking with them and learning specifically what they do," Curry said. "I will work with them in any capacity I can."

Curry said his political inexperience won't keep him from working to improve taxes and keep Loganville safe.

"This may be my first time in public office, but I have been involved with people all my life," he said. "I've just got to get out there and work hard and try to make a difference."

Entering his fourth term as councilman, Jerry Price said he is "astonished" and "speechless."

"I'm glad the voters have faith in me," he said. "We just have to continue doing what we're doing and doing it well."

Wendell Geiger has sat on city council for 15 years and also said he appreciates those who came out to support him.

"Totally retired," Geiger said he looks forward to devoting himself full-time to serving and going forward with programs in the works and day-to-day tasks.

Vega leaves the city council after just a year in office. While he would have liked to have won, he said, he believes all the candidates had the same platform regarding the city's issues.

"I hope they all stay the course and realize they are public servants, not politicians," Vega said.

The referendum regarding the terms of Loganville's leaders passed -- barely. Voters decided 193-187 that city council members will eventually serve four-year terms.

City Manager Bill Jones said the terms will go to three years next year and four years thereafter.