Two Johns Creek residents – Chris Coughlin and John Patrick Flores – have qualified as candidates for the special election April 18 to fill the vacant Post 4 City Council seat formerly held by Bob Gray.
Coughlin won an elected stub term to the City Council in 2015, according to his Facebook page. A senior research scientist, he has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s in industrial-organizational psychology from Valdosta State University. He serves on the city’s mental health wellness and traffic congestion task forces and the Johns Creek Community Association board.
Flores is senior development officer for the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Duluth. He attended Houston Baptist University, majoring in communications and political science. “His ventures are diverse ranging from ministry, political campaigns, non-profit development, and business development and operations in the private sector,” his Faith & Freedom bio says.
Gray resigned to February to run for the 6th Congressional District seat of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price, now President Donald Trump’s health secretary. Gray’s term runs through Dec. 31, 2019. Early voting in Johns Creek will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 27-April 14, at Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road.