As we look ahead to this year's elections, Johns Creek Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about races in the area. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as elections draw near. Bookmark this page for updates.
TSPLOST: To say that the 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it on July 31. Proponents say there is no other way to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things.
: Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman.
: Five Democrats are seeking the Sheriff's office in Fulton County, with a retired chief of police, a sheriff's deputy, a retired sheriff and minister, and a sales professional all having qualified. Theodore "Ted" Jackson of Alpharetta is the incumbent.
: Anyone owning property thinks of the Tax Commissioner's office as they get their tax bill and pay their taxes. This year, Fulton voters choose between the incumbent and two challengers, all Democrats. And one of them, John Jamont, is from Johns Creek. He says he is in favor of open government, and wants to make the process for residents easy to understand.
: A Democrat from Roswell, Akhtar Sadiq, has thrown his hat into the ring for the state Senate District 56 seat, guaranteeing a challenge for Albers, the Republican incumbent. Albers represents District 56, a small portion of Johns Creek. Meanwhile, Johns Creek's other representatives in the state legislature won't face opponents. Lynne Riley-R, will run unopposed for the State House, while David Shafer-R will run unopposed for State Senate. Riley, from Johns Creek, represents District 50, while Shafer, a Duluth resident, represents District 48.