Bios of candidates for Peachtree Corners council

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Nneka Chukwu

Phil Sadd

Age: 49

Occupation: Senior VP of Sales for a banking technology company

Education: BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.

Civic experience: Most of my experience includes having served on the Board of Directors of multiple non-profit organizations, as well as having served on leadership teams within the local church community.

Family: Wife Stephanie; daughter Grace, 2

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

I believe integrity is the most important building block for the foundation of our city. Our citizens must be able to believe that our government officials will deliver on their commitments. Individuals with high integrity have a burning desire to make sure their actions match up to their commitments. A city can have a lot of qualities, but if its foundation lacks integrity, how can its citizens trust its leaders? A city government consisting of individuals with integrity will provide a foundation of honesty and strong moral principles upon which trust can be built.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

My philosophy is that my role on the City Council is not to rewrite the charter, but to implement the charter. I agree with the limited services of planning & zoning, code adoption & enforcement, and solid waste management services as provided in the charter. As a community, these services allow us to increase the control we have over the future of our city by localizing the decision making authority. In addition, the limited services protect our citizens from the possible burden of higher expenses associated with additional services, especially ones that may not provide value beyond what the county currently provides.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision is that Peachtree Corners will become one of the most desired cities to live within the Atlanta area and possess the following characteristics:

-- Economic stability - businesses would not only desire to move to Peachtree Corners, but would also remain here because taxes are low, commercial space is appealing and our residents support our local businesses.

-- Community involvement - a community filled with activities that help build unity, encourage neighborhood participation and break down walls of differences.

-- Effective city government - qualified leaders dedicated to serving as trustees of the residents of the city, providing open communication and conservative fiscal leadership.

Joe Sawyer

Age: 47

Occupation: Owner of Alpha Omega Carpet Cleaning

Education: some college

Civic Experience: Disabled veteran; president of Meadow Green HOA for seven years; basketball coach at Peachtree Corners Baptist; counseling kids in juvenille detention center and marriage counseling; Relay for life participant

Family: Wife Kimberly; Daughters Lauren, 20, and Lacey, 14; one grandson

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

When you are building a house, it's the foundation that determines whether that home will be able to support the structure that is built upon it. That foundation then has to be strong, stable and secure. That's what I see as a building block for Peachtree Corners. We must establish a strong foundation of unity and integrity in leadership so that when we start to build, the structure will hold and last for generations to come.What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

As a new city, the limited services provided in the charter are essential to help us create a solid foundation without a lot of up front expenditures. We can continue to benefit from the services already provided by Gwinnett County such as police protection, fire, etc., without creating more expense for our citizens. The areas of importance such as quality of life, zoning and trash pick-up will be determined by the citizens of Peachtree Corners instead of it being legislated to us by someone with no vested interest in our well being or our community.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision for Peachtree Corners has always been to create an environment of safety and stability for our families and to provide a place where small businesses can thrive. It is my goal to bring more jobs to this city to benefit the citizens. Having grown up in a diverse area, I want to be sure that every citizens voice is heard no matter how large or small. I want Peachtree Corners to be a place where people are proud to call home and they are excited to be a part of a strong and united community.

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Jay Lowe

Age: 42

Occupation: President of Spincycle Sports Marketing

Education: B.S. in Business Marketing & Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Post Graduate at Columbia University & New York University

Civic experience: Business dealings with government officials

Family: Wife Jill; Daughters Tatum, 9, Susanna, 7, Emerson, 5, and Carsen 1

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

There are several big issues facing our new city setting up the new city will be critical to addressing each. Zoning, code enforcement, trash collection services, city staff, etc.

Growing and maintaining our property values is paramount to the success of our city. "Location, Location, Location," Peachtree Corners has the geographic appeal to attract commercial and residential relocations. Currently John's Creek, Alpharetta and other neighboring communities are the beneficiaries of new relocations. To solve this problem we must develop and implement a comprehensive master plan for housing, shopping and office space. Our plan must include a vision for new families and our seniors.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

Our charter say's no new services can be added unless the people vote for new services.

As long as we can work with Gwinnett County to ensure excellent, economically feasible services there would be no need to go down that road. However, if this is not the case and the people of Peachtree Corners decide to add additional services ,then I will support it.

At the end of the day, if the costs out-weighted the benefit of outsourcing any service, then it would be up to our city government to inform the citizens. Then if our neighbors agreed we would move toward making the change.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My goals for the City of Peachtree Corners

I. Master plan for land

II. City-wide solid waste plan that's cost effective

III. Establish a code compliance framework

IV. Develop our zoning enforcement

My goals revolve around a basic set of priorities:The people who live, work and own businesses in Peachtree Corners.

Long-term planning serves us better than short-term re-activity.

Fiscal responsibility is an absolute requirement.

Within that framework, here is what you can expect from me:

Transparent communication

Future-oriented & pragmatic decision making

Preserving Peachtree Corners character

Maintain safe, clean environments for our families, children and seniors to enjoy

Stephen Peet

Age: 56

Occupation: Senior project manager for AT&T

Education background: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology

Family: Wife Dianna; Children Sterling, 24, Taylor, 22, Devon, 19, Christa, 17

Civic experience: Boy Scout leader since 1995; roller hockey coach, 1997 2009; Founding member of Gwinnett County Public Schools GEMS/AKS (Curriculum Review) Oversight Committee, 1996 to present; GCPS Superintendent's Advisory Committee, 2007 to present; parent volunteer at Norcross High School, since 2002 (band, robotics team, hockey team); Local School Advisory Committee for Simpson Elementary, 1995-2002; Membership Chair of the Peachtree Station Homeowners Board 1991-1994,

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The most important building block in setting up a new city is the long-range, strategic planning. It requires patience and cooperation to work through the process of planning for the long term, incorporating resident input, as the vision for the Peachtree Corners is translated into more concrete plans. Intergovernmental agreements with Gwinnett County will be needed since the county will continue to provide all services except the three designated services. A detailed Peachtree Corners Master Plan for Land Use will be needed to guide the city in making zoning decisions. A code compliance framework must be established. And a city-wide Solid Waste Plan must be created. The strategic plans are the foundation of the city.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

The limited service city-lite model provided in the charter is a unique, new way to build a city. It allows for a more cost-effective approach to city government, while still giving the Peachtree Corners community more local control of its brand and appeal. The charter limits taxes, bureaucracy and out-of-control growth in services. My philosophy is to implement the charter, keeping its limits intact, while finding efficient solutions to providing the three designated services: zoning, code compliance and solid waste disposal.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

I see Peachtree Corners neighbors working together to create a new and vibrant city that efficiently meets the needs of its residents. I feel that cityhood will help us preserve the sense of community that we all enjoy and will give us better, local control of our future. The City of Peachtree Corners will provide limited services (zoning, code compliance, and solid waste disposal) with an emphasis on low overhead and high responsiveness. Peachtree Corners will grow and prosper as a great place for people to live and for businesses to thrive.

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Scott Ehrlich

Age: 30

Occupation: Marketer

Education: BA in History from Wake Forest University, 2003; MBA and JD from University of Florida, 2008Civic experience: Director of Communications, UPCCA, 2011; Belhaven HOA 2010-current (president since November 2011)

Family: Wife Alexandra

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The most important building block is to have a specific plan to turn these ideas of low taxes, smaller government, and citizen input into actual governance. That is why I put together my 12 Objectives for 2012, so rather than use abstract terms like "leadership" and "free-market", you know exactly what I will do to limit taxes and government.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

I like it and hope we stay with our three enumerated services because that is the simplest course. However, I also like having the option that we can always shop around our services and if we see a way to do it cheaper and/or better, we can either demand more from our current provider or, after much research and vigorous debate, seek another alternative.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision is to keep our city's services excellently based on citizen feedback, to get the most value for our citizens from any money paid to the city, to quickly reduce or, hopefully, remove any taxes and reduce franchise fees, to make sure the city government is open and accessible, and to make this an attractive place for young families like ours to move into and have plenty of options for live, work, and play.

David Proud

Age: 34

Occupation: Systems Administrator

Education: some college

Civic Experience: President of HOA, 2006-2010, Vice President 2005, 2011; ACC Chairman 2005; ACC Member 2004.

Family: Wife Mira

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

It is the selection of leaders who have a set of core principles and values consistent with the citizens they serve. In addition these leaders should be committed to limited government as outlined in the charter and provide a transparent decision making process. These leaders should be humble and recognize that genius does not lie in the council but rather in the collective voice of the people. Therefore, decision making processes should be thorough and include public feedback and involvement to minimize unintended consequences.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

As the framers of our American Constitution believed, I also believe the government that governs least governs best. The citizens of Peachtree Corners voted on three basic services: zoning and planning, code enforcement and waste removal. It is my goal to keep everyone focused on efficiently implementing and delivering these three limited services.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

I envision a city that is known as a safe, clean and attractive place to live, work and raise a family. It will be a city that listens to her people, respects their liberties, and protects their property and way of life. I also envision a city with an engaged community that challenges and keeps its public officials accountable. It will also be a city that operates debt free with a business-friendly policy to encourage entrepreneurs to locate here. I see a city that has a long-term land use plan that protects property values and quality of life.

Alex Wright

Age: 41

Occupation: Finance manager

Education: Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech; Masters of Business Administration om Wake Forest UniversityCivic Involvement: coach with Norcross Soccer Association, Norcross Youth Baseball Association, Cowart Family YMCA, Dunwoody Baptist; served on school board at Cross and Crown Lutheran School; current treasurer for River Place HOA; U.S. Navy; pro-city blogger on the Peachtree Corners Patch

Family: Wife Loreen; children Pearson, 15, Madlyn, 12, Colin, 6, Michael, 4

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The one most important building block will be the creation of a master plan. The master plan will be a reflection of the direction the citizens want our new city to go.

The city will provide only three services. The future direction for two of those services (code enforcement and zoning) will be determined by the master plan. When the city starts operating on July 1, we will initially be using Gwinnett code and zoning law. Any changes to what we inherit from the county should always be tailored to support the new master plan's goals and objectives.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

Incorporation required a minimum of three services. Incorporation was not about taking over these services because Gwinnett County was doing a poor job, but rather, it was about two things:

1) Getting local control so we could chart our own course and have options for the down the road if services from the county ever did start to decline.

2) Creating a defined legal entity. This would allow us to 1) show up in corporate and residential data searches for relocations, new business opportunities, etc., 2) create a 'brand' for our new city that we could market widely.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision for Peachtree Corners is to keep it a place where residents can "live, work and play" just like Paul Duke envisioned it. In order to keep Peachtree Corners as a desirable destination for both residents and businesses, we have to take steps to let people know about us. The reality is that our 'name recognition' is very limited. A priority for the new city must be to create a Peachtree Corners 'brand' that we can then market not just in Atlanta, but all over the southeast and the nation. That is the key to our future prosperity.

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Jeanne Aulbach

Age: 61

Occupation: Business intelligence developer

Education: MPA in Accountancy from Georgia State, 1982; MS in Information Systems, 1992

Civic experience: current Avocet HOA president, numerous years on board and committees; UPCCA Board Member/Membership Chair, 2011; Peachtree Corners Yes Core Committee, 2011

Family: SingleWhat do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?The City Council is that building block. We need to elect that the best possible, most experienced and knowledgeable candidates. These candidates need to adhere to the promises made by those who led the city initiative. Small Government: ensure we limit our services to those specified in our charter. Low Cost: keep taxes at the lowest possible rate and spend our citizen's money wisely and effectively. Community Friendly: Listen to our community; ensure our citizens have a voice through committees and in open meetings. These building blocks provide our city with the firm foundation needed for success in the future.What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?I am on record as stating that I would only vote for a referendum to add a service under one circumstance. That is if the county either cannot or will not provide that service at a level acceptable to the city. And that would only be after all attempts to negotiate with the county had failed. I am also committed to putting the referendum on an even year ballot unless there is a circumstance where public safety was an immediate issue.What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?We are a vibrant, cohesive and friendly community. The city will enhance and preserve what we already have. Through our chosen services, we can ensure our community continues to shine and thrive. With a long-term land use plan, we can make better zoning decisions for both residential and commercial areas. By bringing some of our more run-down areas back to a good standard of maintenance, we can attract the quality of business we expect here in Peachtree Corners. With the city, we can ensure that Paul Duke's vision of work, live, play will continue in the future.

Robert Byars

Age: 31

Occupation: Medical Social Worker at Grady Memorial Hospital

Education: B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College; Master's in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University

Civic experience: Eagle Scout; Brookwood Condominiums Homeowners Association Board; Brookwood C.O.P.S. Organizer and Liaison; Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute Graduate Class of 2010; Peachtree Corners Festival; Peachtree Corners Business Association; 2nd Step Ministries Board of Directors; Lilburn Business Association; United Peachtree Corners Civic Association Sign Captain; Norcross Neighbors; Birney Butler PTA; Fulton County Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem

Family: Wife Safiya; Daughter Olivia, 3

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

Working together for the future of the city will be essential towards creating a sustainable foundation. Looking beyond the cityhood election, we must focus on citizen involvement of the city's master plan. With a citizen-led effort, we will know what has the most impact on the community's quality of life. It is essential to brand Peachtree Corners as being "open for business," attracting new retail establishments as well supporting the business that are already here. We must work with our HOA's to attract new homeowners to end the cycle of decreasing home values and "For Sale" signs on lawns.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

As previously stated, I would uphold the promise of limited services. It is important that our city council establish service contracts in order to achieve the maximum efficiency at the minimal cost. Since there is not any advantage to the duplication of the high cost services, I will work to negotiate a service delivery plan that is supportive of the tax-paying citizen. We must avoid wasteful spending and utilize revenue for the benefit of the community's future. You will always find a defender of your protection by referendum with me as your city councilman.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

As an Eagle Scout, I maintain the oath that "On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country," so I will always work to see that Peachtree Corners is represented with leadership and have a continued community focus. I feel the families of Peachtree Corners deserve a future where generations are proud to say that they are from this great city. We must work to establish a life-cycle community, where children can be born here, grow and go to school here, work here, raise their own families, and eventually retire here.

Robert Indech

Age: 57

Occupation: Engineer and manager

Education: Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College; Masters of Science in Engineering and Physics from Georgia Tech.

Civic experience: Member of Kiwanis Club

Family: Wife Christine; Children Jennifer, 29, David, 27, Daniel, 22, Catherine, 22, and Joshua, 21.

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

Trust is the most important building block. Trust in the City Council and the Mayor to be business and family friendly.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

Limited services should not be grown -- along with taxes -- without a citizens' ballot vote during normally scheduled elections.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision is for the least regulation compatible with reliable services and with outreach to businesses and people of all ages to participate in city development. "Welcome to Peachtree Corners" should mean something.

Gloria Gore Rucks

Age: 58

Occupation: Salon owner/barber/stylist

Education: Roffler Barber College

Civic experience: small business co-owner

Family: Husband David Rucks; Daughter, Kandace Mitchell, 25

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The most important building block for our brand new city is its people -- the neighborhoods, families and communities that have all been working and playing together for a very long time right here in Peachtree Corners.

The second most important building block is our small businesses. Small businesses are the economic engine of this area and of this country. I am beginning to see optimism among the small businesses that the economy is improving.

Peachtree Corners is a wonderful, vibrant, and beloved community that is a jewel in the crowns of Gwinnett County and of Georgia.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

We need to be very conservative with how we spend our new city's money, and we must keep level heads when it comes to making decisions. If we somehow end up with more money accrued than we need to spend under our "city-lite" charter, we need to invest it for a rainy day or return it to the taxpayers.

More specifically, we also need:

-- to provide incentives to business to come here and to fill our empty commercial spaces,

-- housing alternatives for our elders who may need a little more help or who need to downsize but who do not want to leave the area

-- to provide humanitarian help for those in financial and spiritual need, and

-- more development of resources to attract tourists.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

Our new city should be welcoming to everyone businesses, residents, and tourists. We need to do all that we possibly can to have other people recognize what we already know -- that our community is delightful, diverse and developing.

Our "city-lite" philosophy gives us direct control over zoning, code enforcement and garbage collection. We must develop zoning and code enforcement policies that address our current and future needs. We need to resolve the controversies around garbage collection, so we can spend those energies in more positive directions.

We also, though, need to manage our new city within its limited scope and within its financial means. We must continue to explore better ways to do more with less like more partnerships between our businesses and schools.

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Lorri Christopher

Age: 69

Occupation: Director, IT faculty, Gwinnett Tech

Education: BS in Math Science Education from SUCO; MBA Business & Finance from Emory; MBA in Global eCommerce from GSU; PhD work in NSU CIS/Information Security ABD; Graduate work Hofstra, Georgia Tech

Civic experience: Chairman, Georgia Vocational Council on Education; Georgia 21st Century Commission; Georgia Alliance for Children; Hands on Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta; Leadership America; YES America; Georgia Alliance for Children; March of Dimes; Gwinnett Village Alliance Board; Susan G Komen 3-Day; Rotary; Principal for a Day; UPCCA; Fox Hill Homeowners Association; COPS; Atlanta Private Industry Council; Gwinnett and Metro Chambers of Commerce; United Way; Past President, GEWN, TIA; YWCA & YMCA, Peachtree Corners; Gwinnett Senior Leadership.

Family: Husband Larry; Children Larry II, 51, Alan, 49, John, 46, Carla, 38; seven grandchildren

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

An ethical, open, fiscally responsible government, with minimal government intervention, and open communications that encourage and inspire citizen involvement. Development of the city master plan to guide city leaders and the community.

Election of a City Council who work together with complementary talents to get things done. Hiring an excellent city manager. Use the city charter as a guide for all actions.

Create a people and business friendly environment. Take actions that support the preservation of property values and ensure the city is a place for residents and guests to live, work and play safely.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

"He who governs best, governs least" Thoreau

A city was needed to act on community issues an unincorporated community could not. Zoning, code enforcement, and sanitation/trash had the most impact on preservation of property values and quality of life. The city charter provided Peachtree Corners citizens an economical path to self-determination without giving up services desired by the county.

For an open government, proposed regulation changes should be made public and include an impact assessment prior to Council votes. With citizen and business input, zoning and code enforcement changes to enhance the city environment and protect property values can be made. A believer in limited regulation, enacting only necessary regulations enables a fiscally responsible government with minimal intervention.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

For the city of Peachtree Corners to be a place where our children, grandchildren, parents and seniors can learn, work, live and play now and in the future. A place where all citizens are respected and valued for their unique talents. A place where business thrives and prospers. A place where families and businesses wish to relocate. An environmentally friendly, walking, sustainable city with good leaders, ethical, fiscally responsible government, compassionate and engaged citizens, with a plan for the future. A safe, value-protected community where we all continue to take pride in our community and make it the best place to live in Gwinnett and Georgia.

Brent Johnson

Age: 34

Occupation: Commercial Lines/Brokerage Manager for Burns & WilcoxEducation: Norcross High School; B.A. Degree from the University of Georgia in Risk Management and Insurance, 2000

Civic experience: none

Family: Wife Michelle; Daughter Caitlin, 3

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The vote for incorporating the city was very contentious resulting in the city being created by a very narrow margin. Bringing the two opposing side of the city together will the most important building block for the new city. For many people who voted for the new city, the main factor was a desire to see the positive aspects of Peachtree Corners preserved ... For those who voted against the new city, the concern was that the new city government would start imposing ever growing taxes and services, which was too much of a risk for some additional local control over zoning restrictions. My plan to bring together the city is to keep the government small and taxes low.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

My philosophy is that the three services of zoning, code enforcement and trash reflect the desires of the city to bring control of the community closer to the citizens are a good idea. After we have a long term vision of the city, zoning should be only used as a tool to implement the plan. Code enforcement is a two-edged sword. This service is very easily abused by an over-intrusive government that imposes unneeded controls on the citizen's freedoms. ... None of these services should be done in such a way as to cause unwarranted expenses (taxes) to the citizens.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

In 20 years, when my daughter is coming home from college to her new life as an adult, I want her to think of Peachtree Corners as her home town and be able to have the same option I did -- to marry and raise a family in a vibrant, suburban city. My vision is a place where the quality of life is important and can be seen in everyday life just by looking around.

Gray Terry

Age: 52

Occupation: Business Analyst/Privacy Compliance Officer Philips Healthcare, as well as a certified Arbitrator and Mediator

Education: B.S. in Banking and Finance from the University of Alabama; MBA from Samford University

Civic Experience: past president Roswell East Rotary Club; past HOA President Chattahoochee Station; Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Norcross Baseball/Softball Board Member; Youth Baseball Travel and Tournament manager/coach; Youth Gwinnett Football League coach

Family: Wife Sharon; Sons Trey, 24, Alan, 23, Drew, 20

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

Based on the City Charter language, the city will have a transition period to have all three services plus the Service Deliver Strategy in place by Dec. 31, 2013. It is critical that this transition be managed legally, efficiently and structurally in order for the city to start out on firm foundation and framework. In addition, the hiring of the city attorney and city manager should be the first action items by the Mayor/Council in order to function legally and create the city budget,

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

The limited service government structure, as written in the charter, is a model that future cities, not only in Georgia but across the country can adopt. There are checks and balances in place that require residents voting approval to add more services. My pledge is to keep the promise made to the citizens to this effect. My background as a former governmental banking officer provides the financial expertise to execute the plan of a cost-effective operational and strategic budget plan to manage the current service level.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

My vision for the city of Peachtree Corners is to be the premier municipality, created in the 21st century that provides for the work, live, and play concept to the citizens of the city.

  1. Work: Business-friendly city with the lowest millage rate in the county,
  2. Live: Provide a family environment for citizens of all ages.
  3. Play: Partner with other city or county recreation services so that citizens may relax and enjoy the activities and beauty of our city.

This new city has the opportunity to be the leader in implementing cutting-edge technology to deliver the cost-effective services that other cities can emulate in the future.

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Raymond Cobb

Age: 50

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: MBA

Civic Experience: Gwinnett Count Planning Commission Member; 2030 Unified Plan Board Member; Lilburn CID Board Member; Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board Member; Metro Atlanta United Way Board Member; Simpson Elementary School Council

Family: Married, 1 child

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

Community engagement.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?


What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

Maintain, while constantly seeking ways, to improve upon the quality of life in the area. See that Peachtree Corners becomes an integral part of Gwinnett's success in the region.

Weare Gratwick

Age: 51

Occupation: Banking

Education: BBA in Accounting from Emory University; MBA in Finance from Georgia State University

Civic Experience: Civic Chair Peachtree Station Homeowners' Association; Treasurer/Board of Directors-Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence; President of Norcross High School Volleyball Booster Club; treasurer/Board of Directors- Norcross Soccer Academy 2006-2010; President of Norcross Baseball and Softball 2002-2004; Baseball Coach/Board Member-Norcross Baseball and Softball 1997-2004

Family: Wife Amber; Daughters, Sarah Ann and Lydia

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

In November, the citizens of Peachtree Corners voted to become a "Limited Service" city. The new city will perform three functions: planning and zoning, code enforcement and solid waste pick-up. However; in my opinion, the driving force for incorporating as a city is planning and zoning which ensures a local voice over how our community is shaped moving forward. Therefore, a comprehensive study which will provide a roadmap to guide our planning and zoning decision-making is the most important building block.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

We are fortunate to live in Gwinnett County where we enjoy great service from the county. The limited services concept is unique and is an opportunity to demonstrate how local government can work in conjunction with county government to provide citizens the best combination of local control and cost effective services. A minimum of three services are required to incorporate as a city. Code enforcement will go hand in hand with planning and zoning and will help ensure our vision for the future. Solid waste pick-up should be provided in the most uniform and cost efficient manner possible at the appropriate time.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?Paul Duke had a vision for a live-work-play community in 1968. I would like the city to preserve that balance. I envision pedestrian-friendly residential choices for all stages of life, family-friendly entertainment choices and a city that continues to be attractive to business.

David Leader

Age: 36

Occupation: Norfolk Southern

Education: Bachelor of Business Arts in Marketing from Emory University; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics from Emory University.

Family: Single

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

I like to think a strong, diverse council will be the biggest building block for this city. We're going to create the foundation; a foundation that will define what this city will look like five, 10, 20 years and more down the road.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

We need to stick to them. The citizens voted for a limited city, we need to keep ourselves to the limited services if we hope to keep taxes low and trust high. My campaign slogan from day one was Minimize Government, Maximize Results; and that is what Peachtree Corners will get when they put me into post 6.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

A strong business background supported by an involved community. I'm glad to have talked to so many people on the campaign trail about their involvements with this city, and am glad the formation of the Peachtree Corners Business Association had such a great kickoff meeting. We're going to keep the city small and taxes low so the people of Peachtree Corners will have the chance to prosper.

Brian Stickney

Age: 53

Occupation: Certified Financial Planner and Wealth Management

Education: BS in Management Science from Georgia Institute of Technology; JD from the University of Houston

Civic experience: Coach with Norcross Soccer Association, basketball with the YMCA, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and Peachtree Corners Boosters, and football with Norcross Youth Football; Gwinnett County Swim League stroke and turn judge; den leader with Cub Scout Pack 525; Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Adopt-A-Road program; inaugural building committee for Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.

Family: Wife Mary Beth; Children Erin and Connor

What do you believe is the most important building block to create the foundation of the city?

The foundation of the city goes back 30 years and is already in place. My job would be to complete the lifecycle. We still do not have enough housing for people that are empty-nesters and want to downsize. We need high-quality smaller homes on smaller lots so that people can continue to live in Peachtree Corners when their children leave.

What is your philosophy on the limited services provided in the charter?

The reason I voted for the city was to move decisions regarding zoning and code enforcement closer to home. We did not create another layer of government; we just moved the functions closer to us. I see no reason to expand beyond the three services in the charter. I think the other functions of government should be left with the county due to their economies of scale and regional nature.

What is your vision for Peachtree Corners?

This is already a great community. I want to unify the community so that all areas benefit from cityhood. I want everyone to have a voice in how we grow and develop. I want new development and redevelopment to reflect our current high standards and to enhance our lifestyle.