NORCROSS, Ga. -- In early December, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson was just one vote shy of being elected chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Just 15 days later, his fellow mayors in Gwinnett County ousted him as their representative on the ARC board in what SaportaReport.com says was "one of the most abrupt whiplashes of regional power in recent Atlanta history."
What makes the move all the more symbolic, Maria Saporta writes, is 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.
The referendum was defeated -- but the fact that Johnson was able to orchestrate consensus among his diverse peers was viewed as almost miraculous, Saporta says.
The situation points to greater challenges in our region, Saporta adds.
One regional observer said: "I do think that when somebody takes a higher regional profile, there is a potential backlash."
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)