Casas fills in summer with panels

David Casas is busy this summer.

The teacher turned House member will have little time for vacations with all of his educational organizations and responsibilities.

Casas already had roles in the House of Representatives, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Southern Legislative Council before he was nominated last month by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to the Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit.

The SHLS will bring together government leaders and prominent Hispanics from across the country to address issues affecting communities, including economic development, job creation, education, health care and retirement security. Members of Congress, prominent members of the Bush administration, and other experts will lead panels on concerns.

The Republican from Lilburn also has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. The board is composed of the state's leaders from the business, education and government sectors dedicated to the work of improving public education for Georgia's children.

Casas also will serve as one of seven delegates representing Georgia on the Congressional Conference on Civic Education. The CCCE is a project of the Alliance for Representative Democracy, and the 2005 meeting is the third of five planned annual conferences designed to focus public attention on the state of civic education in America. The conference, led by U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, will meet in Washington in the fall.

"It is an immense honor for me to be chosen to serve on so many distinguished bodies. My participation on each of these forums represents my commitment to Georgia's children and Georgia's future," Casas said.

Still waiting

Well, Phyllis Miller is now officially out of the state House, but officials are still awaiting word on when she'll be replaced.

Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford said the governor had still not called for a special election to fill the House District 106 seat by the end of the day Friday.

Miller was sworn in earlier that day as the county's third Juvenile Court judge, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

"We're on pins and needles here because we want to plan things," Ledford said. "I'm hoping to hear next week."

The governor has 10 days from the time a person resigns from state office to call a special election.

While Miller was named to the position more than a month ago, she didn't resign until last week.

Three men - Warren Auld, Melvin Everson and Garry Rhodes - have announced their candidacy for the position.

Election reminder

Speaking of special elections, don't forget to vote on Tuesday if you live in Buford or Barrow.

The city is having a runoff to replace the late Steve Merritt on the school board. Darren Perkins led Kevin Pugh during the special election last month, but neither had the required majority to win outright.

In Barrow, Isaiah "Coach" Berry came close to winning the special election for District 4, but will face Frank Clark during the runoff.

Both elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at respective polling locations.

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

Camie Young can be reached

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