Longtime Gwinnett schools superintendent endorses MARTA referendum

By Tyler Estep

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Longtime Gwinnett County Public Schools superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks has joined a recent chorus of high-profile local leaders endorsing the county’s upcoming MARTA referendum.

Wilbanks’ endorsement, announced Monday by pro-transit committee “Go Gwinnett,” comes days after similar expressions of support from ex-Gov. Nathan Deal, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway and Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter. 

“Local revenue funds over 40 percent of the operations of Gwinnett County Public Schools, so having a robust economy is critical to ensuring we are able to attract the best teachers and provide the instructional programs our students need to be competitive,” Wilbanks’ statement said. “The county’s transportation infrastructure is a vital factor in supporting that robust economy, and it needs major relief.”

Molly Bloom