Koritko wins seat on Newnan Council

by Wes Mayer

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Councilman-elect Dustin Koritko with his 6-year-old daughter, Madison, 8-year-old son, Will, and wife Lauren holding the couple's 2-year-old son, Cade.

Dustin Koritko is the winner of the Newnan City Council Post B, beating Scott Cosby by only 15 votes, 226-211.

'I am definitely very excited,' Koritko said after the votes were totaled late Tuesday. 'It was a great win, a great campaign and I had a great team. I'm excited to serve the citizens of District 1, as well as the citizens of Newnan as a whole.'

The Newnan City Council Seat B is a newly-created position that will oversee District 1, which covers the eastern part of the city - everything east of Newnan Crossing Boulevard from Bullsboro Drive to Lower Fayetteville Road, and everything east of Interstate 85 south of Lower Fayetteville Road. Koritko will serve a two-year term.

Koritko and his family of four have been residents of Newnan for three years, moving here after he was deployed in Iraq. Koritko has a background in the military, serving as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and serving as a Naval Aviator.

At the Oct. 22 public forum held in the SummerGrove neighborhood to meet the candidates, Koritko said he had been taught to work with people by his parents at an early age, and in his time serving in the Navy, he has worked with many different people of all ages. He said that even though the city council members typically have a hands-off approach to issues, he plans on being hands-on and to really learn what is going on.

After winning, Koritko said Tuesday he hopes to get into talking, and possibly streamlining, the Newnan city budget. He also said that with the sales tax exceeding the property tax in the district, he will be looking into lowering the property tax.

'I am looking forward to doing some good things in this city,' Koritko said. '[Cosby] ran a very good campaign. He was a very good contender and he's a good guy. This really was kind of a good guy campaign.'

Cosby and his family have been residents of Newnan for 15 years. Cosby has worked as a Realtor in Newnan for the past eight years, and has served on many different boards of organizations in Newnan, including the SummerGrove Homeowners Association and the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors.

'I want to congratulate Dustin,' Cosby said. 'He campaigned hard. He is a really nice fellow, and I wish him the best.'




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