By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
In the early 19th century, the Johns Creek area was dotted with trading posts along the Chattahoochee River in what was then Cherokee Indian territory. The Cherokee nation was a confederacy of agrarian villages led by a chief. After Europeans colonized the area, the Cherokee developed an alphabet, and a legislature and judiciary system patterned after the American model. Today, Johns Creek has been named the Safest City in Georgia, according to SafeWise's report. While doing this report, this reporter did not meet any member of the Cherokee Nation in Johns Creek.
▲ Johns Creek, City Hall.
The city of Johns Creek, has weathered a political storm in recent years when the past City Council initiated an ethics investigation against the mayor for allegedly overstepping his authority. None of the council members have seats currently, while Mayor Mike Bodker serves his third term.
Qualifying for Johns Creek’s election to fill City Council Posts 2, 4, 5 and 6 will be held Monday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 2.
▲ Jay Lin, Running for Post Two. a native of Taiwan, moved to Georgia 26 years ago. "A fiscal conservative," he said. Lin operates Pacific Ventures, a home remodeling business with his wife, Mimi. "I don't think the city of Johns Creek is ready for an Asian American Mayor," he said.
Lin has three choices for President; Cruz, Carson and Walker. He will not support Donald Trump for president. Claiming 24% of Johns Creek's population of Asian origin, he wanted to have a seat at the table. He opposes tax increases, wanted a change of the tax codes. "Homeowners are picking up most of the tax bill. I want to bring more business to Johns Creek. I know how," he told Georgia Weekly Post. Photo by David Deng.
The upcoming Nov. 3 election will include a special election in conjunction with the general election.
The special election will be held to fill: Post 2 to fill the unexpired term of Brad Raffensperger (term expires Dec. 31, 2015). Post 5 to fill the unexpired term of Kelly Stewart (term expires Dec. 31, 2017). The general election will be for:
Post 2: Four year term (term expires Jan. 31, 2019). Post 4: Four year term (term expires Dec. 31, 2019)
Post 6: Four year term (term expires Dec. 31, 2019) Designation must be made by the candidate as to which term of office they are seeking when qualifying for Post 2. Council Post 2 – This seat, formerly held by Brad Raffensperger, and Post 5, formerly held by Kelly Stewart, will each be on the ballot for shortened terms. Raffensperger defeated Stewart earlier this year in a race for Georgia’s District 50 House seat. The special election for Raffensperger’s Post 2 seat, now vacant, covers a two-month term from November through December.
▲ Chris Coughlin said he wants to allocate surplus, eliminate “wasteful government spending” by roughly $6 million, decrease both property and occupational taxes and encourage local candidates to reign in spending on local elections.
So far, two candidates have filed declarations of intent to run for the seat.
Jay Lin, a native of Taiwan, moved to Georgia 26 years ago. "A fiscal conservative," he said. Lin operates Pacific Ventures, a home remodeling business with his wife, Mimi.
Chris Coughlin is also campaigning for the Post 2 seat. A Georgia native, Coughlin is a senior research scientist and is married with one child and another expected this year.
▲ Todd Burkhalter at his Surprise Birthday Party. Todd is the third to qualify on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. His entrance to the race, Post 2 seat, makes it harder for any of the three candidates to get the necessary votes and forces a run off. The financial advisor is in his 40's. A win by the Democrats at District 80 is on their minds.
Burkhalter, was critical of the city administration, said he believes city finances “should be managed conservatively and with respect to the taxpayers who fund our modern city.”
Todd Burhalter, helped by his wife Jackie, will be facing Jay Lin and Chris Coughlin.
Burkhalter, speaking to voters, supporters and friends, using former President words George H.W. Bush, "I will promise to never vote for any new tax increase for johns Creek residents." according to sources.
“I love Johns Creek too," said Chris Coughlin, "but city government has a problem balancing a budget, planning our city priorities as a community, estimating the costs of these needs and so on,” he said. “We’ve accrued surplus funds year after year, but we continue to either raise taxes, like the council and mayor did again this summer, or keep them the same. Since we’ve already paid for these capital improvements, why are the funds sitting in the reserves costing us opportunities as a city and, even more importantly, costing the citizens time away from their families as they sit in gridlock?” he said.
Coughlin said he wants to allocate surplus, eliminate “wasteful government spending” by roughly $6 million, decrease both property and occupational taxes and encourage local candidates to reign in spending on local elections.