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Norcross Elections: State & U.S. House, GCPS School Board

Here's an outline of some of the major races in the Norcross area.

Aside from the local city council race, Norcross has some competitive races in the Nov. 6th election. From school board members to state officials, here's a roundup of some of the major races.

Gwinnett County Public School Board:

  • District 3 incumbent Mary Kay Murphy is running for re-election. Her district covers schools including Norcross High, Duluth and Peachtree Ridge. She was first elected to the District III seat in January 1997 and re-elected in 2008.
  • Jen Falk is running against Murphy. Falk serves as a Director at Parent To Parent of Georgia, has championed initiatives through the Georgia Department of Education, is a founding board member of Ivy Preparatory Academy in Peachtree Corners, and is a member of the Safe Schools Coalition.
  • Louise Radloff, the current District 5 school boardmember, is running for re-election. She has been on the school board for 40 years. District 5 covers schools such as Meadowcreek High and Summerour Middle.
  • Newcomer H.K. Dido is challenging Radloff for the District 5 seat. He is currently an administrative fellow at Emory University's School of Medicine in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, but he has a professional background in private schooling.

State House of Representatives:

  • Incumbent Tom Rice is running for re-election for the 95th District. He has represented the district, which covers Peachtree Corners and Duluth in addition to Norcross, for 16 years. 
  • Brooke Siskin, a Peachtree Corners resident and a marketing representative has challenged Rice's seat.
  • For the 96th District, incumbent Pedro Marin is running for re-election. The district covers Norcross and Duluth. Marin is a Democrat and apparently the Georgia House's highest ranking Latino member.
  • Running against Marin is Republican candidate Mark Williams. Williams has served as the Chairman of the Gwinnett Place CID and the co-founder of the Foster Children’s Foundation.

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Democrat Hank Johnson is running for re-election for District 4, which covers parts of DeKalb, Rockdale and Gwinnett. According to his website, he's served three terms for the House, but prior to that, Johnson also has served 12 years as a DeKalb County magistrate judge and five years as a county commissioner.
  • J. Chris Vaughn is challenging Johnson for the District 4 seat. His campaign website says he is the lead pastor of Grace Summit Church in McDonough and serves as the police chaplain for the Henry County Police Department.

Who are you voting for in the upcoming election? Tell us in the comments.

See also:

  • How Long Is the Wait for Early Voting?
  • What to Expect on the Nov. 6th Ballot
  • Norcross City Council Election Roundup
  • Romney or Obama? Find Out Which Candidate Your Neighbors Are Donating to

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Soccer mom November 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
It should be noted that for the past three years Jen Falk has served as a Director at Parent To Parent of Georgia, a statewide nonprofit, federally-designated parent training and information center for children with disabilities and special health care needs. It is her job to ensure that parents in Georgia are fully informed of their options and empowered to help improve educational outcomes for their children.
Sarah Bakhtiari (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Noted. Thanks, Soccer mom!
Trissa Luftig November 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Jen Falk is a breath of fresh air in a race that badly needs some change. I am a 28 year veteran GCPS teacher. I had the priviledge of working first hand-- up close and personally with Jen Falk. She is thoughtful, articulate, pensive, and deeply concerned about the education of children in Gwinnett County. Her finest quality is that she is willing to listen....to listen to all sides of an issue....before making her judgement. That's a rare quality indeed. Gwinnett needs more open-minded individuals who are willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of its children. Jen Falk is one of those people. T. Luftig

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