Voters in three North Gwinnett cities headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in several contested races. Buford, Sugar Hill and Suwanee held municipal elections to fill board of education, mayoral, and city council posts.


Board of Education Seat (To replace Pat Pirkle) 

WINNER: Kathleen Welch — 839

               Lien Diaz — 205

Running unopposed for Buford City Commission were incumbents Chris Burge and Brad Weeks. Incumbent Bruce Fricks ran unopposed for the Buford Board of Education. 

Jenn Thatcher poses for a photo in Sugar Hill. Thatcher was elected to the city council during Tuesday’s election. Photos courtesy of Jenn Thatcher


City Council Post 3 (To replace Susie Walker) 

WINNER: Jenn Thatcher — 538 votes

               Tiffany Hale Carter — 497 votes

City Council Post 4

WINNER: Nic Greene (incumbent) — 637 votes

               Amber Chambers — 359 votes

In Sugar Hill’s election, city council member Brandon Hembree ran unopposed for the mayor’s office. Mason Roszel will take Hembree’s council seat after running unopposed for Council Post 1. Councilman Taylor Anderson, who also ran unopposed, will retain his seat for Council Post 5. 

“I’m excited to begin serving as Mayor of Sugar Hill,” Hembree said Tuesday night. “With the election of Jenn Thatcher and Mason Roszel, re-election of Nic Greene and Taylor Anderson, and continuation of Marc Cohen’s service, we have a really awesome Mayor and City Council team. We are all going to, as a team, continue doing great things for Sugar Hill. Thank you to the other candidates that ran, especially Tiffany Hale Carter. Because of the hard work of all the candidates we had near record voter turnout, which is healthy for our community. I’m proud of Sugar Hill tonight!”


City Council Post 5 

The race for Suwanee City Council Post 5 is headed for a run-off between David Martinez and Peter Charpentier, as neither candidate garnered the required 50% plus one vote to secure a win. The run-off will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, with early voting starting Saturday, Nov. 20. 

RUN-OFF CANDIDATE: David Martinez — 595 votes (48.4%) 

RUN-OFF CANDIDATE: Peter Charpentier (incumbent) — 485 votes (39.5%) 

                                   Jonathan Marcantonio — 149 votes 

Two candidates for Suwanee City Council ran unopposed for the seats they currently hold. Linnea Miller will retain Council Post 3, while Beth Hilscher will continue to serve in Council Post 4.

*Results are unofficial until certified by the respective cities.

FEATURED PHOTO: A sign for candidate Kathleen Welch stands in front of Buford City Hall. Welch was elected Tuesday to the Buford Board of Education. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Welch

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