October 18, 2018 Lawrenceville - Volunteer Alfred Leblanc (center) directs early voters at The Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office in Lawrenceville on Thursday, October 18, 2018. More than 12,000 ballots had been received by the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registration and Elections before the third day of in-person early voting had ended, county spokesman Joe Sorenson said. The county received 12,827 ballots by the end of the day Wednesday, about 45 percent of the 28,860 that have been issued for absentee by mail, advance in person, military and overseas voting. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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3 Gwinnett cities headed for runoffs; Suwanee incumbents ousted

Three Gwinnett cities are facing runoffs for council seats after Tuesday night’s elections.

In Norcross, Tyler Hannel and Bruce Gaynor are headed for a runoff in at-large city council district 2. Only two votes separated the candidates — Hannel received 36.65% of the vote and Gaynor received 36.47%. The seat is currently held by Councilman Dan Watch, who did not seek re-election.


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Snellville’s Post 2 is also headed for a runoff. Solange Destang received 47.56% of the vote and Brittany Marmol received 41.61%. Councilman Roger Marmol, the current Post 2 representative and Brittany Marmol’s husband, did not seek re-election.

Braselton’s Town Council District 1 will see a runoff between incumbent Councilwoman Becky Richardson, who received 44.56% of the vote, and challenger Richard Mayberry, who received 30.05%. In the third district, incumbent Councilman Tony Funari lost to challenger Jim Joedecke. Joedecke received 81.82% of the vote and Funari received 18.18%.

All runoffs will take place Dec. 3 at the same polling places used for Tuesday’s election. 

In Suwanee, two incumbents running for re-election to council seats were defeated. Challenger Heather J. Hall defeated incumbent Post 1 Councilman Doug Ireland, receiving 56.64% of the vote compared to Ireland’s 43.36%. For Post 2, Larry Pettiford defeated incumbent Councilman Dick Goodman with 57.19% of the vote.

"I believe many citizens were concerned about what they perceive as 'over development,' particularly in the form of rental apartments," Goodman said in an email. "And although this type of development has been incorporated into the city’s master plans, which were citizen driven, for nearly two decades and have been regularly referenced or highlighted in the city’s various publications, as well as on the city website, most citizens remain unaware of it, or just disinterested until they see dirt being moved. And, it appears that there is a fear or innate suspicion or prejudice against rentals and renters."

Pettiford, who defeated Goodman, campaigned on issues including "resident conscious growth" and preventing further traffic congestion, according to his website. Pettiford did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. 


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