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Crist unseats Lilburn mayor Preston

Lilburn mayoral candidate Johnny Crist, center, talks with supporters while waiting for poll results at his home Tuesday night in Lilburn.

Lilburn mayoral candidate Johnny Crist, center, talks with supporters while waiting for poll results at his home Tuesday night in Lilburn.

— After a longer-than-expected election night, the city of Lilburn has a new mayor.

City clerk Kathy Maner released unofficial results from Tuesday's election at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. They showed that Johnny Crist — a pastor and one-term city councilman — topped incumbent Diana Preston for Lilburn's next mayor.

Crist tallied 734 votes compared to Preston's 565, according to unofficial results.

During his campaign, Crist often decried what he called Lilburn's lack of a strategic plan and stressed the need for a clear vision for the city's future.

Tuesday's results — delayed early on by “verification issues” — also included elections for a pair of City Council seats.

In voting for the Post 1 council spot, local attorney Thomas Wight narrowly garnered more votes than opponent Teresa Czyz, with 626 votes to her 584.

Incumbent councilman Scott Batterton reclaimed his Post 2 spot, unofficially besting three opponents in Tuesday's election with 518 votes. Running against him were Porter Deal (286 votes), Angel Alonso (252 votes) and Kay Bennett (210 votes).

Like every other Gwinnett city voting on the issue Tuesday, Lilburn also approved Sunday alcohol sales, with 708 “yes” votes compared to 394 “no” votes.

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Comments

Cleanupguy 2 years, 9 months ago

I find Lilburn to be a conundrum. While they welcomed certain church flavors with open arms (regardless of neighborhood objections) the gauntlet was thrown down only for one. In the end Crist voted against them, which (had the vote gone his way) would have thrown Lilburn into an incredibly expensive and likely losing federal battle. The other alternative is that he voted no only to curry voter favor while assuming that the measure would pass. Either option has an unpleasant odor.

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R 2 years, 9 months ago

It's sad that city councils have to fight our federal government on re-zonings. You're right, something stinks here alright - but its not the new mayor.

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ssilover1 2 years, 9 months ago

Good luck, Mr. Crist, but no one can ever give as much to Lilburn as Mayor Preston has for years and years and years. Such selfless leadership has never been seen anywhere and, while I can imagine she would like to lead again, she would never compromise personal values. Wishing you well...and THANK YOU, Mayor Preston for being our leader for so long.

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