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Lost but Not Out, Says Arun Misra

Atlanta, GA: Residents in Post 4 and Post 6 of the Johns Creek City Council will have to wait another two months before they can have representation on the council. The election was a special one to fill the posts of two city council members who had resigned.

None of the four candidates, including Arun Misra, Ph.D, received enough votes to avoid a runoff, reports Johns Creek Patch.

Bob Gray led the group with 43 percent, or 2,516 votes. Eric Fragoso stood second at 28 percent, or 1,619 votes. Arun Misra got 407 votes. The run-off will be between Gray and Fragoso.

“I did not expect to win, as I was new to the game, did not have money to spend and buy the election. But it was a great learning experience and I got support from all over the city, and from outside,” said Misra, of his experience. “Numerous magazines and papers published my pictures and my views from Washington DC, to Seattle Washington, from Los Angeles, to New York, in addition to local papers in Johns Creek and around Greater Atlanta, which was enjoyable.”

Fresh elections will be held for seven council seats in Johns Creek in over a year from now, and Misra intends to fully participate in it.

“The city council does not ask for party affiliation, but I may try for a state senate seat, in future, which  needs support from one of the dominant political establishments, which I will explore in the coming months,” he said.

Misra was grateful to those who voted for him, and informed him repeatedly of their support, and to those who sent in their good wishes.

“My agenda, at least for the near future, will concentrate on the following: more minority involvement in city government, more parks and  green areas, making the city more business friendly, and developing  centers for senior citizens to practice badminton, yoga and mediation. It may seem far fetched, but in my opinion, the city of Johns Creek needs a post office, a mall, city center, city hall, a college and further commercial development. I will be back for support and votes again, to accomplish some of the things that are dear to my heart, and to help the community grow further,” he said.

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