Marc Cohen — Sugar Hill City Council Post 2 (incumbent)

Age: 55

Occupation: Consultant / Sugar Hill City Councilmember

Education: BA, Economics from UCLA; MBA, Marketing from San Francisco State University); multiple certificates including the Certificate of Dedication, Municipal Government and Policy from the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Lived in the city since: 2000

Political experience: Sugar Hill City Council (2004 – present); Sugar Hill Planning Commission (2002 – 2003)

Community involvement: North Gwinnett Schools Foundation; Boy Scouts; Sugar Hill Arts Commission; North Gwinnett High School and Middle School Councils; Lanier Cluster Schools; DECA Advisor; Leadership Gwinnett; Georgia Municipal Association; American Red Cross; Georgia SPCA/Atlanta Humane Society

Cohen said the part he’s played in 16 years of growth provides a perspective on how and what the residents want from local government.

He said Sugar Hill, like all communities, will face issues of developing affordable and diverse housing.

“I have an impact on this by working with private developers, staff, and the community at large, to make sure that as we plan new development, we consider the price point, amenities, and composition of single-family, townhouses, and apartments,” he said. “There is a cycle in housing choices, and we need to make sure that we can fill all the steps as people move from their parents’ home to an apartment to their own home to empty nesters and all the stops in between.”

Cohen also said the city needs to welcome the growing population of non-white residents with affordable housing, businesses and social activities. He said the next step is to bring more diversity to government, commissions, clubs and activities.

If elected, Cohen said he wants to continue to focus on promoting smart growth, fiscal responsibility, open communication, public safety and affordable housing while addressing diversity.