Craig Newton will be first African-American and next Norcross mayor. Courtesy Craig Newton

Norcross will have first black mayor

Mayor Bucky Johnson announced late last week he had no plans to run for reelection in Norcross after serving in the position since 2008. Longtime Councilman Craig Newton will run for mayor unopposed instead. As the only candidate to qualify for the position, Newton will make history as the city’s first African-American mayor.

“After serving several terms as a city council member, I am both honored and humbled that our citizens have given me the opportunity to serve as the next mayor of Norcross in 2018!” Newton recently said in a Facebook post. “With your continued support and with God’s guidance, we will continue to make Norcross a great city for all to live, work and play.”

The 2017 qualifying period for elections in Norcross ended Aug. 25. Chuck Paul and Hoyt Hutcheson will run for Councilman Newton’s seat. Daniel Watch and Thad Thompson qualified and will seek Councilman Pierre Levy’s seat.

The Norcross municipal election will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 2nd Floor Community Room of City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville St.


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