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Peachtree Corners runoff candidate bios

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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?

I 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 University

• Civic 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: Single

What 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.

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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 ­— Henry David 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.

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.

Work: Business-friendly city with the lowest millage rate in the county,

Live: Provide a family environment for citizens of all ages.

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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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.

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.