Sugar Hill city manager wins spot on regional transit board

Sugar Hill City Manager Paul Radford is the newest member of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, which oversees transit planning and funding in 13 metro counties.  BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
Sugar Hill City Manager Paul Radford is the newest member of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, which oversees transit planning and funding in 13 metro counties. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Credit: Branden Camp

Credit: Branden Camp

Sugar Hill City Manager Paul Radford won a spot on the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board in an election Monday.

Radford defeated former MARTA CEO Keith Parker by a vote of 16 to 9 on the second ballot of the election to fill the District 2 seat on the regional transit board. Art Sheldon, conservation chairman for the Gwinnett County chapter of the Sierra Club, also was nominated for the post, but did not get enough votes to advance to the second ballot.

The 16-member board governs an agency that oversees transit planning and funding in 13 metro Atlanta counties. Ten of its members are elected by district by state lawmakers and local officials who represent all or portions of those districts.

The District 2 seat has been vacant since board member Marsha Anderson Bomar resigned last April. The district includes parts of Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

A previous effort to elect Bomar's replacement in August ended in a procedural dispute that prompted most Republicans present to walk out in protest.

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