Gilvin announces candidacy for Alpharetta mayor



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta City Councilman Jim Gilvin has announced his candidacy in the 2018 mayor’s race.

A two-term council member, Gilvin is running to replace Mayor David Belle Isle, who announced last April that he will run for Georgia Secretary of State.

When first elected to council in 2011, Gilvin ran on a theme of “Growth We Can Live With.” He has often found himself on the short end of council votes relating to mixed-use residential developments.

His votes have sometimes put him at odds with other council members. Most recently, he has questioned whether the city will ever achieve a balance of owner-occupied vs. rental housing based on the explosion in growth over the past four years.

“I have a plan to restore balanced growth and preserve the qualities that make Alpharetta the best place in Georgia to raise a family and do business,” Gilvin said. “My plan reflects three priorities I always hear from constituents – do a better job of balancing growth, provide real solutions for traffic congestion and invest in areas outside of downtown.”

The date for a special election for Alpharetta mayor has not been set.

If Mayor Belle Isle follows his announced plans, he would have to file for secretary of state during the qualifying period from March 5-9. Once he files the papers, he would resign as mayor.

The special election to fill his post would then be held either on May 22, or it could be held as part of the 2018 general election on Nov. 6, when the turnout would traditionally be higher.

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