Robert Byars has a number of votes in his corner, in next week's Peachtree Corners council runoff.
Byars, who is set to square off against Jeanne Aulbach for the citywide District 4 post in Tuesday's runoff, has endorsements from six of the former council candidates who did not make the runoff, including former competitors Gloria Rucks and Robert Indech, who sought the same seat.
"After running in this election and hearing from all the candidates, I am happy to endorse Robert Byars for at-large District 4. I believe he is the best choice for this position as he adds a perspective that is not currently represented in the council and will be an asset in adding to the variety of ideas I expect from our city's representation," said Scott Ehrlich, who was edged out of the Post 3 race. "Robert has always worked tirelessly to help others and I believe he is one of the most honest and hard-working candidates running and is an asset to the future of Peachtree Corners."
Byars also got endorsements from Brent Johnson, who came in third earlier this month for the Post 5 seat, Raymond Cobb from Post 6 and Joe Sawyer, who lost the District 1 contest to Phil Sadd, one of only two councilmen decided in the March special election.
"I care a lot about my community and Robert has shown that he will represent Post 1, 2 and 3 equally," Sawyer said of the city divided into three districts. "His commitment to being inclusive without being intrusive is something that I admire and I know that he will govern with logic and insight. As a business owner, I believe that Robert will support local businesses."
Cobb added, "For the past several years, Robert has been a civic leader in the Peachtree Corners area. His ability to create ideas and solutions is ideally suited for Peachtree Corners City Council. As an at-large candidate, his experience and perspective will contribute to a dynamic and inclusive perspective on the council."
With spring break for Gwinnett Public Schools next week, many have already voted in the runoff, which will determine four council seats for the new city. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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