Roche, Troutman in runoff for Lawrenceville council seat

LAWRENCEVILLE — Four candidates went head-to-head for P.K. Martin’s seat on the Lawrenceville city council.

The tallies have been totalled and next-door-neighbors Keith Roche and Larry Troutman will meet in a runoff Dec. 3 for Post 4.

The two men have been friends for more than four decades, but they are ready to rally in order to win the election.

“They had told us from day one that there would be probably a runoff with four candidates,” said Roche, who received 431 votes. “We will start campaigning (on Wednesday). I’ve already have plans to meet and see what else we can do.”

Troutman, with 310 votes, is also getting back on the campaign trail Wednesday.

“Is it was it is,” he said. “That was to be expected with four people. I just got to pick up those last few votes. We’ll see where things go from here.”

Roche, who served on the Lawrenceville’s planning commission, is driven to make the city a friendly place for new companies, young professional and families.

“We could be the crown jewel of Gwinnett County. I think we haven’t done well in the past,” he said. “As I’ve gone door-to-door, whenever I would talk about cleaning up the corridors and making them more inviting, I got a great response. There are every specific things I want to do. When you go to Lawrenceville, you should be able to live, work and play here.”

Troutman is focused on businesses.

“My 40-plus years as a small business owner who knows what it takes to keep a business growing in these times with some of the not needed rules, regulations,” he said. “If we are to grow this city we must keep the businesses we have and work with individual cases that are not in compliance with the city ordinances.”

Both candidates agree that they want to work on economical growth and development as well as listening Lawrenceville residents and business owners for solutions.

“We were friends going into this,” Roche said. “We will be friends afterward.”

Said Roche: “One thing I want to compliment about the other candidates is that we all campaigned hard. There were no negatives said. We just talked about the issues.”

Renita Hamilton received 181 votes and Rory Johnson had 169 votes. Incumbent Bob Clark ran unopposed for Post 3.