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Bodker, Miller will face off in mayoral election
by Nicole Dow
September 18, 2013 12:15 PM | 2359 views | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Nov. 5, Johns Creek voters will decide whether to stick with Mayor Mike Bodker, who has held his leadership role since the city’s inception, or select Bev Miller, former councilwoman and mayor pro tem, as the city’s new mayor.

Never having faced opposition in the race for mayor, Bodker said he looks forward to voters tuning into his vision for the city.

“The advantage of having an opposed campaign is people will listen,” he said.

Bodker said his visions for the city fit under the umbrella of improving the quality of life in Johns Creek.

“One of our weaknesses being a primarily residential community is the fact that our base of funding is the landowners in Johns Creek,” he said.

Continuing his work of diversifying the tax digest by bringing more businesses to the city in appropriate locations will lessen the tax burden on homeowners while adding local jobs and creating other local conveniences, Bodker said. Other focuses he has for the city are continuing to partner with schools and improve trails, parks and sidewalks.

Miller’s vision for the city also revolves around building upon what has been laid down as the city’s foundation.

“First and foremost [my focus will be] to continue the improvements in city services,” she said. “Second would be continuing to be responsible stewards of tax dollars with which we are entrusted. Third, is to continue to work to improve traffic flow so we spend less time on the roads and more time with our families.”

Some of Miller’s goals include listening to residents to ensure city council’s actions meets their desires, making sure council works together collaboratively and restoring confidence in the office of mayor.

Though the investigation launched into Bodker’s actions as mayor is ongoing, Miller said she views it as “completely separate” from the upcoming elections.

“The only thing I think that it brings out is that we can talk about ethics and integrity and honesty and taking ownership,” she said.

Bodker said he has viewed the investigation as politically motivated from the start.

“I would hope that [the investigation wouldn’t have an impact on the election], because I’m pretty sure that in this country we have a belief in innocence before guilt,” he said. “I know in the end what the result will be and that’s innocence.

“But I’m sure there are some that would like this investigation and the innuendo of it to affect the election. And it would be a shame if that’s what happens.”

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