Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- It's official: Alex Wright, Jeanne Aulbach, Lorri Christopher and Weare Gratwick will join Phil Sadd and Jay Lowe on the inaugural Peachtree Corners City Council.
A runoff Tuesday determined the final four of the six-person City Council, who will join mayor-elect Mike Mason at the helm of Gwinnett's 16th city.
Less than 12 percent of voters in the western corner of Gwinnett County turned out to elect the first council for the government, which will become official on July 1.
Two of the four victors, who made the runoff after a March 6 special election, won with at least 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Wright bested David Proud 707 to 423 for the District 3 slot, and Aulbach beat Robert Byars 1,458 to 847 in the Post 4 citywide race.
"It's a little scary," Aulbach said of the daunting task before the fledgling council. "I'm looking forward to make the positive contribution to Peachtree Corners."
In closer contests, Christopher defeated Gray Terry 1,176 to 1,137 for Post 5, and Gratwick bested Brian Stickney 1,250 to 1,134 for Post 6, both at-large races.
"There's a lot of things to do," Gratwick said of setting up the foundation for the new city. He added that he was never worried about its future. "Peachtree Corners was in great shape from the start because we had a lot of good quality candidates."
Wright and Christopher were not immediately available for comment.
Mason said he expects a swearing-in ceremony soon to allow the council to get to work before cityhood becomes official.