JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Incumbent City Council members Stephanie Endres, Lennie Zaprowski and Mayor Mike Bodker were returned to office in the Nov. 7 city elections but there is still one seat to be decided in a Dec. 5 runoff election.
Post 3 will have the top two vote-getters, John Bradberry and Vicki Horton, meet again to fill the final council seat.
An anemic 6,395 votes were cast (13.8 percent) out of 46,277 registered voters in Johns Creek.
Bodker got a free ride after his opponent dropped out of the race a few weeks ago. Incumbent Endres had little trouble topping her opponent Chris Jackson.
Endres got 71.4 percent of ballots cast in her election and waltzed to her first full term in office. Challenger Chris Jackson garnered just 28.6 percent of the votes cast for Post 5.
Councilman Lenny Zaprowski, Post 1, had a little more trouble fending off newcomer Issure C. Yang. But Zaprowski will return for a second term and what he has said is last after securing 53 percent of the vote.
Turnout was light with 13.8 percent of the 46,277 registered voters participating in the city election.
Mayor Bodker put a positive spin on the poor turnout. He said it is a sign that the majority of the residents are happy with the direction the city is going.
“I say that because all three incumbents won. Obviously my path was the easiest because I wound up with not opponent. But when people are really angry or concerned, they usually vote incumbents out,” Bodker said.
“Nevertheless, I remain concerned the 46,000 registered voters allowed around roughly 6,000 people who actually voted to decide who will guide the future of 83,000 residents of our city.”
This continued low-voter in city elections is worrisome Bodker said, because fewer voters means it is less likely the true feelings of the majority are accurately represented.
“We need a more representative sample of voters. People who are upset are going to vote no matter what. But those who are unhappy can be over-represented when a large number of voters stay home,” Bodker said.
The mayor was quick to say he did not think this was the case in the Nov.7 election. But he said it could easily come to that if “contented” voters continue to be no-shows on Election Day.