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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Elected officials in favor of cityhood for Peachtree Corners, Bender endorsements

Camie Young

Camie Young

In the past several months, Peachtree Corners residents have been met with a slew of emails about next week's vote on cityhood.

In the past several days, those emails have centered around messages from public officials who endorse incorporation of Gwinnett's northwest corner into a city of more than 38,000.

Notes have come from Commissioner Lynette Howard, School Board member Mary Kay Murphy, Rep. Tom Rice and Sen. Fran Millar.

"I am personally confident that the value of incorporating the city far outweighs the costs," wrote Rice, who has studied the issues for years and introduced the measure in the state House of Representatives.

He extolled the virtues of having local control of representation and taxes and said it would help property values. Also on Rice's website, he created a video to debunk myths about the proposal. It can be found at tomrice.org.

"Living in the Peachtree Corners community has been wonderful; living in the city of Peachtree Corners will be amazing," Howard said in her letter.

Murphy said, "A vote of "Yes" on Nov. 8 will bring control of quality of life to Peachtree Corners. It will help Paul Duke's legacy of a planned live-work-play balanced community have new life and serve as a model for other architects, planners, and community leaders for decades to come."

Rice, Howard and Murphy live in Peachtree Corners. Millar lives in the nearby city of Dunwoody, but represents the area and worked on the legislative proposal with Rice.

Councilman backing Bender

Barbara Bender picked up a few more endorsements this week in her race to become mayor of Snellville.

Outgoing councilman Tod Warner is in her corner, along with former City Attorney Mike Byrne.

"For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of serving the citizens of Snellville as their councilman. This experience has provided me with considerable insight and has led me to the conclusion that Barbara Bender is unquestionably the right choice for Snellville's next mayor," Warner said in a press release. "Of the two candidates, Barbara Bender is the only one who has consistently put her words into actions and has shown she puts the best interests of the city, not those of any individual or political goal, first. The last four years have shown that Barbara Bender is the candidate who shows up on time, is consistently well prepared and is the only candidate with the ability and temperament to work well with others to lead our city as mayor."

Warner did not seek reelection and will step down after next Tuesday's election.

"It has been an honor to serve with Tod for the past four years," Bender said. "Within the last year and a half, together with a majority of the council, we have accomplished great things that are moving Snellville forward. Tod knows I am the leader with the vision and temperament to make Snellville even better. I am proud to have Tod's support."

Byrne also said he supports Bender in her race against Kelly Kautz.

"I know (Bender) to be a dedicated individual who considers it a joy to be of service to others. I have no doubt she will continue to do so as Snellville's mayor," Byrne said. "As the former city attorney for Snellville, I know how important it is to have the mayor and council working together to find common sense solutions for the benefit of all citizens. With that in mind, I am proud to endorse my friend, Barbara Bender, to be our next mayor."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

Karl 2 years, 5 months ago

Barbara Bender will make a fine mayor for Snellville. Her leadership and hard work over the past six years has helped transform the city council from the joke it was to the group that has recently done many good things for the city. Her opponent has been nothing more than a detractor and detriment during her four years on council.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

I have no dog in the PTC fight to become a city, but as an observer I must say that something smells awfully rancid here. The basic premise is to wrestle control of their fate away from the county, but given that only roughly 60% of those eligible are registered to vote and that the average turnout in the election of supreme Gwinnett leader Charlotte Nash was a pitiful overall 5% (thus only 3% of those eligible voted, similarly 6% put Bannister briefly back into office), it would appear that they have chosen in great numbers not to exert any influence via the ballot box. Had they ever bothered to show up and be counted en masse, they would have had the county’s ear and cityhood would have been a moot point. I know these things because I serve as a citizen Elections Official, imported by PTC due to the lack of interest among the locals in volunteering in sufficient numbers to do it. It’s also amazing to see so many diehard conservative Republicans so intensely interested in further expanding their government and taxation, anxious to hand over the keys to a new city to another unknown layer of government (I only have three: county, state and federal, but with their HOA’s and Super HOA plus the city they supposedly crave that will make SIX for PTC). To become a city they have chosen to effectively fire two of the best run and incredibly competent agencies anywhere in the nation (for zoning and enforcement respectively), Planning and Development and the QOL (Quality of Life Unit). I have been actively engaged with both of these (20 years with the former, and since the inception of the latter) and cannot possibly speak highly enough of them. The other service change will be trash pickup. Given that there are no new haulers with sufficient infrastructures to do the job cost effectively, they’ll likely wind up with one of the existing ones, which will incur additional costs for individual billing and such. In any event, if more government is the answer, I cannot fathom what the question might be. The battle cry for the pro-city movement appears to be “believe, lemmings, believe!” These recent serial endorsements of the plan by a cadre of politicians – what could possibly be bad about that, right? The vote for cityhood is much like herpes – once contracted, it’s permanent, pervasive, and will spread quickly, in both cost and scope.

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