Current Lawrenceville Planning Commissioner Keith Roche announced Tuesday he is in the race for City Council. Roche will run for Post 4, the seat currently held by P.K. Martin. Earlier in the month, Martin announced he will not seek re-election.
"We are facing real and serious challenges that must be addressed to improve our city and to make Lawrenceville all that it can and should be," said Roche in a release. "That’s why I have decided to run for City Council.”
Roche plans to focus on bringing what he calls "high-quality" businesses to Lawrenceville to attract residents and consumers.
"There is no reason why we can’t bring high-quality economic development opportunities into Lawrenceville instead of seeing those projects go elsewhere. I will work tirelessly to improve the appearance of the major corridors coming into the city and work to ensure we enforce the laws on the books to clean up our neighborhoods," said Roche.
In addition to serving as Planning Commissioner, Roche was elected to the Engage Gwinnett Committee in 2009 and is a graduate of the Gwinnett Senior Leadership program.
Roche is a retired businessman. He and his wife Beverly have lived in Lawrenceville for nearly 20 years. The couple has one daughter. The Roches are active members of the Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church.