It's all semantics in the District 106 race

There's only one politician in the House District 106 race.

At least, that's how two of the candidates are spinning it.

During a forum hosted by the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women last week, both Melvin Everson and Garry Rhodes cast off the title.

"I'm not a politician. I'm your neighbor," Rhodes said at least three times during the one-hour event.

It was obviously a well-rehearsed campaign slogan. But by the end of the forum, Everson caught on to the bandwagon.

"I'm not a politician. I'm a public servant," he said during his closing statement.

The third candidate in the race, Warren Auld, never made a mention of the "p" word, although he did let the "a" word slip.

"There's a rumor going around about me that I think I might as well go ahead and address," he said ominously at the outset of the forum. "Yes, I am an attorney."

The three sparred over eminent domain and immigration, but one of the biggest differences in the men was whose endorsements they valued.

Everson has the big names - U.S. Rep. John Linder, Sheriff Buth Conway and District Attorney Danny Porter.

Rhodes made a point to say that those endorsements came in before he entered the race. He said he has the only endorsements that matter to him - his family.

Auld said he's looking for support in more conventional ways.

"I sought my endorsements one door at a time, one signature at a time," he said of his door-to-door campaign.

The three will meet again this week in a forum sponsored by the Gwinnett Republican Party. The event is scheduled for 7:30 Thursday night at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

City election set

The 106 seat is the only state or county position on ballots this year, but the fall will be filled with city elections.

Dacula officials set their process up last week.

Kay Partain, Dacula's accounting clerk, will serve as Dacula's election superintendent, chief registrar and absentee ballot clerk for the Nov. 8 election. Charlene Fuller will serve as assistant.

Candidates may qualify from 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14. The mayor's seat and two city council positions, Wendell Holcombe and R. G. Hale's, will be decided in the November election.

Another city election

Voters also will pick John Ferrara's replacement for Loganville City Council in November.

Ferrara issued his resignation this week after his company became involved in a towing contract dispute with the county.

But Ferrara's attorney Stuart Oberman said the resignation had nothing to do with the problem.

"John decided some time ago that the city was taking too much time. It was taking away from his business and his family," Oberman said.

Ferrara announced earlier that he won't seek re-election in November.

Because his term will expire in a few months, the seat will remain vacant until the election.

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.