JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Oct. 17 Johns Creek City Council debates were about to begin when mayoral candidate Alex Marchetti came to the stage to announce he was withdrawing from the race for “personal and professional reasons.” He said those reasons would not allow him to perform the duties of mayor had he been elected.
That leaves incumbent Mayor Mike Bodker as the only viable candidate on the Nov. 7 ballot, and barring some dark-horse write-in candidate, is the presumptive winner for a fourth – and Bodker says last -- term.
The mayor said he did not know this was coming.
“I was as surprised as anybody. I wish the best for Alex and his family. I don’t know the reasons for his withdrawal. But we all hope whatever his reasons, it’s not bad,” Bodker said later.
“Obviously I’m excited to win the race. Now I have the opportunity to look forward to the next four years – my last four years,” he said. “At the end of it all, I will have been humbled to serve as mayor for 15 years.”
Now the mayor said he can look forward to implementing four major initiatives as the centerpiece for his last term:
“We are going to take our time to design [City Hall] right the first time. We hope that the City Hall will be part of the spark, along with the 20-acre park, for what will be an appropriately scaled city center for our downtown,” Bodker said.
After his fourth term as mayor, Bodker said he will not seek another political office.
“I think 15 years will be enough to give to my community,” he said.