By Amanda C. Coyne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug 29, 2017
Candidates for city council and mayor across Gwinnett County have officially qualified to run. Here’s who you can vote for in your city:
Mayor Bucky Johnson will not run for another term, and Councilman Craig Newton is the only candidate qualified to run for the seat. That will make Newton the first African-American mayor in the city's history.
Chuck Paul and Hoyt Hutcheson have both filed to run for Newton's seat. Daniel Watch and Thad Thompson have qualified to run for the seat currently held by Councilman Pierre Levy.
The incumbent candidates that would be up for election in November are all unopposed, so Lawrenceville cancelled its municipal elections.
Taylor Anderson and Joshua Mantz have qualified to run for Post 5. Curtis Northrup has qualified to run for Post 4 unopposed and Steve Edwards has qualified to run for mayor unopposed.
There will be no municipal election in Snellville this year because all posts are now uncontested.
Incumbent Post 3 Councilwoman Cristy L. Lenski has qualified to run for re-election unopposed. Johann L. Berenguer and Gretchen Shulz both qualified to run for the open Post 4 seat, but Berenguer has withdrawn from the race, meaning Schulz will assume the seat automatically. Incumbent Councilwoman Barbara A. Bender has qualified to run for re-election unopposed.
Incumbent Councilwoman Linnea Miller and challenger Paquita V. Wright have both qualified to run for the Post 3 seat Incumbent Councilwoman Beth Hilscher and challenger Joe Briggs have qualified to run for the Post 4 seat. Incumbent Counccilman Dan Foster and challenger John Kantor have qualified to run for the Post 5 seat.
Three candidates have qualified to run for Post 3: incumbent Councilman Eddie Price, Shabaka C. Fletcher and Phil Holland. Councilman Tim Dunn is unopposed in his run for re-election to Post 4.
Councilwoman Marsha A. Bomar and Councilman Billy Jones are running for re-election uncontested. Kirkland Dion Carden and Chaohan "Louis" Tseng have qualified to run against incumbent Councilman James T. "Jim" Dugan for the Post 2 seat.'
Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks is running for re-election uncontested, as is Councilman Wendell Holcombe. Incumbent Councilwoman Donna Barber Peairs and Daniel R. Spain have both qualified for Peairs' current council seat.
Incumbent Councilmembers Eric Christ and Weare Gratwick are running for re-election unopposed. Incumbent Councilwoman Jeanne Aulbach, Luke Crawford and Joe Sawyer all qualified to run for the Post 4 seat.
The three councilmembers up for re-election — Rodney Hammond, Scott Lee and Chip McDaniel — are all running for re-election uncontested.
The city of Buford has not yet made its qualified candidates publicly known and has not responded to a request from the AJC.