Once a regional hero, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson loses ARC board seat | SaportaReport

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Once a regional hero, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson loses ARC board seat | SaportaReport

On Dec. 4, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson came one vote shy from being elected chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Then 15 days later, his fellow mayors in Gwinnett County ousted him as their representative on the ARC board in one of the most abrupt whiplashes of regional power in recent Atlanta history.

The move is all the more symbolic given that Johnson led the metro area to its greatest moment of regional cooperation in October 2011 when he chaired the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable — 21 elected leaders from across the region who unanimously voted on a $6.2 billion list of transportation projects to present to voters on July 31, 2012.

Although the transportation referendum was solidly defeated by voters, the fact that Johnson — Georgia Tech’s retired band director — had been able to orchestrate consensus among his diverse peers was viewed as almost miraculous.

Somehow the magic of the moment never was properly translated to voters who may not have understood how difficult it is to get the many mayors and county leaders in urban, suburban and exurban areas to work together for the good of the Atlanta region.

It is still a mystery as to why Johnson’s tenure on ARC’s board took such a surprising dive in December. Even Johnson doesn’t fully understand what happened.

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