ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Two sitting members of the Alpharetta City Council have announced their bid for re-election this fall.
Jason Binder, who represents Post 5, was first elected to a seat on the council in 2015.
“Four years ago, I committed to advocate for the priorities of Alpharetta residents and do my part to build a great community to call home,” Binder said in a statement. “It has been an honor to serve Alpharetta as your council member over the past few years.”
Binder, a small business owner and independent financial planner for Acolyte Advisors, said that during his term on the council, he has championed homeowner tax relief by pushing through an additional homestead exemption, implemented ethics reform for public officials and sponsored the recently passed Safe Hotels Ordinance, which holds hoteliers accountable for emergency calls. He also said he has been instrumental in the city adding some 30 acres of park land.
At the same time, Binder said the city has invested heavily to improve neighborhood corridors to get residents home quickly and allow them to walk to areas of interest safely.
He added he plans to focus on rebalancing development by emphasizing quality over quantity, advancing regional transportation initiatives with a priority on Alpharetta residents, revitalizing the North Point District and continuing support for the city’s first responders.
John Hipes has announced his bid to retain his Post 4 seat on the council. Hipes was elected in 2018 to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Jim Gilvin.
Hipes, an Alpharetta attorney, said the city has addressed many important issues over the past year and looks forward to continuing to deliver results.
“Over the last year, we’ve delivered positive results for our residents” Hipes said. “Our council has worked well together and accomplished a great deal.”
Hipes’ campaign platforms includes the need for balanced growth in Alpharetta. In the last year, the number of zoning applications has declined, he said, and the City Council has been careful to scrutinize every case.
“A frequent request I heard from our residents was to make sure the city’s infrastructure catches up with the growth,” he said. “The city has done a good job of budgeting and implementing projects to follow through on those concerns.”
Hipes also pointed to targeted redevelopment projects like the North Point Mall corridor. Earlier this year, council approved the first phase of that redevelopment.
Hipes said he also plans to continue work to solve transportation issues, including the millions of dollars committed through the transportation sales tax and state projects like the new managed lanes on Ga. 400.
“It’s essential Alpharetta residents have a clear understanding of where and when these projects will take place and know that their tax dollars are being used effectively and efficiently,” he said.
Two other seats on the council are up for challenge this November.
Mayor Jim Gilvin, who vacated his council seat last year in a successful bid for the gavel, has yet to announce his intentions.
Post 6 City Councilman Dan Merkel, first elected in 2015, is also up for re-election but has not announced his plans for the fall.