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Incumbent Newton keeps Norcross council seat

Craig Newton

Craig Newton

Norcross City Council

✓ Greg McFarland 267
Craig Newton 355

NORCROSS -- Incumbent Craig Newton defeated Greg McFarland Tuesday night to retain his seat on the Norcross City Council.

"I'm elated. Any victory makes you happy," Newton said.

Newton, who has served five two-year terms, is no stranger to Norcross' procedures and goals.

"Well, I plan to continue what I've been doing over the last two years," he said. "We need to maintain our fiscal viability."

He added, "We haven't raised taxes in the last four years and crime is down. Another big thing is that Norcross has no debt. I don't know if any other city in the county can say that."

Newton will continue working to bring new businesses and jobs to the city, make home ownership more attractive and watch the completion of projects, such as the Buford Highway Project in connection with Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

"I think the election was a mandate that we continue the path we're on," he said. "And we're going to continue to move forward."

According to the unofficial results, Newton received 355 votes to McFarland's 267.

McFarland was not available for comment.

The Sunday sales referendum allowing packages sales of beer and wine passed in Norcross. The unofficial results were 436 for and 183 against.

Mayor Bucky Johnson and Councilman Charlie Riehm ran unopposed.