Republican Herchek nominates former foe to state committee

Republican Herchek nominates former foe to state committee

A local immigration reform advocate has been named to the Republican State Committee.

Jimmy Herchek of Lawrenceville runs the Citizenship Matters newsletter and has worked to combat illegal immigration.

Herchek was nominated for the position by the man he once defeated in an election.

J. Gregory Howard, the new chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party, met Herchek while campaigning as two of three opponents for the Republican nomination for State Senate in 2002. Herchek won the nomination in a runoff with Howard but lost to Democrat Mary Squires in the general election.

Herchek thanked Howard for the seat.

"Many politicians have neglected illegal immigration for too long, and I promise to be a strong and active voice to help change that with Georgia Republicans," he said.

Herchek publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter called Citizenship Matters and has appeared as a spokesman for immigration reform throughout Georgia, on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," and has been featured in the "CNN Presents! Immigrant Nation Divided Country" documentary, which will re-air today. Herchek is a former Naval Flight Officer who makes his living as a licensed real estate broker.

Money recovering

Auburn Mayor Harold Money is back at home after five days in the hospital.

Money suffered pneumonia last week, a month after returning home from a two-month hospital stay related to a automobile accident.

The mayor reportedly kept working this week, calling City Hall from his hospital bed.

On Jan. 18, the GMC Sierra Money was driving was struck by a Ford F350 that ran a stop sign at Carl-Bethlehem and Patrick Mill roads.

Money suffered 11 broken ribs, four fractured vertebrae and a ruptured aorta. He said previously he would like to be back to work May 1, but sat in on the last City Council meeting as an audience member.

Session synopses

Anyone interested in learning about the 2005 legislative session will have a chance to hear from lawmakers this week.

On Monday, Barrow's legislators - Sen. Ralph Hudgens, R-Comer; Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson; and Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn - are scheduled to speak to the Barrow Republican Party.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Winder Women's Club.

On Friday, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is hosting its legislators for a wrap-up.

That meeting will be held at the Chamber building in Duluth at 8 a.m.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.