- Aug. 14, 2021
-- Mayor Craig L. Newton of the City of Norcross announced today that he is seeking re-election during November's general municipal election. Having achieved the distinction of being elected Gwinnett County's first African American mayor first in 2017 and again in 2019, he hopes to serve as mayor of his boyhood hometown for a third term. During his current and previous terms, he has helped lead several multi-million-
dollar redevelopment projects including the reimagining of Norcross' Historic Downtown which ultimately transformed the city's economic standing and has since been recognized with numerous awards. His performance-
driven approach has created a more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services. He has also assisted in a comprehensive budget review to ensure that the city is in sound financial standing. Newton consistently advocates for job creation, business recruitment, and fostering an environment rich with start-up and entrepreneurial opportunities.
"After extensive and prayerful consideration with family members and close friends, along with the consultation of local business and civic leaders, I have decided to run for re-election as Mayor of the City of Norcross for the 2021 election," said Newton. "Since taking office as Mayor in 2018, I have provided goals and a vision for a prosperous future for the City of Norcross. Included among them are the proactive reinvestment in our community by encouraging new business growth while helping to create local jobs. I've established bi-partisan relationships with state, county and federal officials to ensure that our city has a seat at the table for funding opportunities that promote health, security, and opportunity for everyone who calls Norcross 'home.' Most recently, I have united with my neighbors in weathering the pandemic as we look ahead to brighter days."
Newton was first elected to the Norcross City Council in 1998 as Gwinnett's first African American elected official. He served nine city council terms including four as Mayor Pro Tem. A recently retired Certified Internal ISO 9001 Auditor with Norcross-based MICROMERITICS Incorporated, he has drawn from his talents and decades of experience from both the private sector and as councilman to guide the City of Norcross to a new chapter of economic prosperity, growth, and improved quality of life for all residents. He was recently selected by Georgia Municipal Association as one of three Georgia mayors to serve its "Excellence in Policing" committee to review best practices for Georgia's police departments.
The registration deadline to vote in Norcross' general municipal election will close Monday, October 4, 2021. The election shall be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Norcross City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville Street, 2nd Floor Community Room, Norcross, Georgia.