Friday, August 3, 2012
Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch reached out to Mayor Johnny Crist about his thoughts following the poll results for the 2012 Transportation Investment Act.
In Gwinnett County, 70 percent of voters said no to the TSPLOST referendum. And, for the Atlanta Regional District some 63 percent of voters said no and 37 percent said yes. The anti-TSPLOST contingent is celebrating, and those who hoped the referendum would pass are scratching their heads. The question now is: What's next? Patch reached out to Lilburn's Mayor Johnny Crist to get his thoughts post election. We are printing his response in its entirety. Mayor's Response: "Early in the year when the T-SPLOST referendum was beginning to find an audience I was among those who supported it. I even agreed to allow my name to be listed among those supportive elected officials. But as I learned more about this initiative I changed my mind and …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sports complex will be the 'best thing to happen to our city in 100 years,' Mayor Crist said.
At Mayor Johnny Crist's inaugural monthly town hall meeting Monday night, Big League Dreams -- or rather the mega sports complex it would operate -- was the topic de jour. The sports complex planned for the corner of Indian Trail-Lilburn Road and Lawrenceville Highway could be in operation by the summer of 2013, Crist said, and would attract thousands of people each weekend to Lilburn, along with restaurants, hotels and other businesses. The complex would be used for travel ball, which refers to baseball and softball teams that travel to various tournaments. Studies show that people who take part in that sport spend on average $86 a day in the city where the tournament is played, Crist said. Lilburn doesn't have the restaurants and other…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Mayor Johnny Crist invites city residents to stay connected by attending a monthly town hall meeting.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Starting this month, city residents will have another opportunity to connect with the mayor, council and city staff members. On March 26, Mayor Johnny Crist will hold the first of what will be monthly town hall meetings. The sessions will be held on the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the city hall auditorium. "Like a loss of contact between two people, it is also possible to lose contact with our city," Mayor Crist wrote in the city's latest newsletter. "Do you want to stay connected to the people, the issues, and the events of Lilburn? I do." Work sessions of city council are also open to the public. They are held at 6:30 on the second Monday of the month, before the monthly council meetings.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Johnny Crist finished 169 votes ahead of incumbent Diana Preston, according to unofficial election results.
Johnny Crist was the people's choice for Lilburn mayor in Tuesday's election. Crist garnered 745 votes, according to unofficial results. Diana Preston had 565. Thomas Wight finished ahead of Teresa Czyz for council post 1, and incumbent Scott Batterton held onto his post 2 seat with a big margin. Voters gave Sunday alcohol sales the nod, with 708 in favor and 394 against. Here are the results, which still must be certified: Mayor Johnny Crist 734 Diana Preston-Incumbent 565 Post 1 Teresa Czyz 584 Thomas Wight 626 Post 2 Angel Alonso 252 Scott Batterton-Incumbent 518 Kay Bennett 210 Porter Deal 286 Poll superintendent Kathy Maner said the results need to be certified because two people voted who were not on the list of registered …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Mayoral candidates answer questions from Patch readers on the Mosque issue, legal fees and hiring in the police department.
Mayoral candidates Diana Preston (incumbent) and Johnny Crist responded to questions submitted by Patch readers. Here's what they said. Question: There were at least two open positions in the Lilburn police that were authorized to be filled. A two-month process was initiated that entailed buying an ad in the paper, offering signed offer sheets, and qualifying finalists through a series of evaluations - all of which costs the city money. The day after the last city council meeting (where $40,000 was authorized to assist in the purchase of real estate) the open police billets were frozen and the written offers rescinded. If elected, would you lift the hiring freeze in the police department? When? Diana Preston: The two positions referred to …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Mayoral candidates Diana Preston and Johnny Crist answer questions about their vision for Lilburn and more.
In the run-up to the Nov. 8 elections, Lilburn mayoral candidates Johnny Crist and Diana Preston (incumbent) recently responded to a set of questions from Patch. Here's what they said. Question: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for mayor of Lilburn? Crist: Leadership matters! We can wait no longer to have a restored downtown area where friends can gather for coffee, shopping or have a late night dinner. I have spent my career listening to people, dreaming and formulating plans to execute ideas into reality. We need a vision-driven leader in the mayor’s office. Preston: I have been involved in Lilburn on Citizens Planning /Zoning and Merit Boards in addition to 18 years serving as a council member and four years as mayor. My …
Friday, September 23, 2011
City Councilman Johnny Crist says it all started with that old house on Railroad Avenue.
Editor's Note: In the coming weeks, Lilburn Patch will profile candidates of local political offices. The large white house surrounded by the white picket fence and spacious front porch is known to any one who has visited Lilburn City Park. It has attracted some surprise visitors, according to its owner, Lilburn City Councilman Johnny Crist. One day, a woman who had seen the wedding of Crist’s daughter being held in the backyard stopped in, wondering if the place was open. She thought the house was an events facility, or perhaps a restaurant. Another time, a couple of women came by also wondering if the house was open. They thought it was Lilburn’s historical Wynne-Russell House, which is actually located a couple of miles away off …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Kay Bennett qualified on Friday to run for Post 2, the seat now held by Scott Batterton.
Kay Bennett qualified on Friday to run for Post 2, City Clerk Kathy Maner said, bringing the number of candidates to four who will be vying for the seat now held by Scott Batterton. Lilburn Realtor Porter Deal and Angel Alonso are also seeking that seat, and Batterton is running for re-election. Teresa Czyz and Lilburn Attorney Thomas Wight are running for Post 1, the seat now held by Johnny Crist. Crist will be running for mayor against the incumbent, Diana Preston. The qualifying period for the Nov. 8 election ended Friday afternoon. Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch will be bringing more information about each of the candidates in the coming weeks.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Teresa Czyz and Angel Alonso qualified this week to run for city council seats.
Two more candidates have thrown their hats into the race for city council seats, with Teresa Czyz qualifying to run for Post 1 and Angel Alonso for Post 2. Czyz joins Lilburn Attorney Thomas Wight in the bid for Post 1, currently held by Johnny Crist. Crist earlier this week qualified to run for mayor. Along with Alonso, Realtor Porter Deal and Scott Batterton are running for Post 2, which Batterton, a Lilburn dentist, currently holds. Mayor Diana Preston is seeking re-election. Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch will be bringing more details about these candidates in the coming weeks.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Mayor Diana Preston qualified today to seek reelection, and three have qualified to run for city council seats.
The qualifying period for Lilburn city elections began Monday, Aug. 29 and will run through Friday, Sept. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The mayor's position and two city council seats, now held by Johnny Crist and Scott Batterton, will be filled by the November elections. Mayor Diana Preston today qualified to seek reelection, and city councilman Johnny Crist has announced his intention to run for mayor. Batterton said he qualified at noon Monday to run again for his council seat, Post 2, and Porter Deal also qualified to run for that seat, according to City Clerk Kathy Maner. Thomas Wight today qualified for Post 1, the seat now held by Crist, Maner said. "It looks like it will be an exciting and stimulating political season in Lilburn …