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Linder endorses Everson for District 106 House seat

At this rate, the politicking could be over before the special election is set.

This week another high-profile endorsement came in for candidates hoping to replace Phyllis Miller in the Legislature.

Miller was named to the Juvenile Court bench more than a week ago, but she hasn't resigned from the District 106 post for the House of Representatives.

Two prominent Snellville politicians have stepped into the race - former Councilman Melvin Everson, who lost to Miller in last year's primary, and Councilman Warren Auld, who took Everson's place on the board.

On Wednesday, Congressman John Linder threw his support to Everson.

"I am proud to endorse my longtime friend Melvin Everson for his election to the Georgia State House. Melvin did an exceptional job as mayor pro tem for the city of Snellville, serving his fellow citizens with great distinction," Linder said.

So far, Miller has endorsed Auld, while Everson got the support of Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer. But Linder's endorsement is the most high-profile announcement.

"I am thrilled to receive the support of Congressman John Linder, a fellow veteran," Everson said. "He is a man of great integrity and his judgment is well respected in Georgia."

Back to the drawing board

Tuesday's decision by the state school board on student extracurricular activities left an unhappy customer in Georgia Sen. Ralph Hudgens.

After board members rejected a proposed rule change requiring parents' permission for their children to participate in school-sponsored clubs, the Republican from Comer vowed to accomplish the same goal with a bill he will introduce next winter.

Hudgens, whose district includes Barrow County, said he has warned board members via e-mail that if they don't reconsider Tuesday's vote, he will resurrect legislation he sponsored during this year's session.

"It wasn't a threat,'' he said. "It was a promise.''

Hudgens said he agreed to let the bill die this year after Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox assured him she would convince the board to adopt the parental-permission requirement as state education policy, a strategy she preferred to the General Assembly passing a law.

But now that the board isn't going along, all bets are off.

Hudgens' allies in the push to enact the requirement are expected to include Rep. Bobby Reese, R-Sugar Hill, and Sen. Nancy Schaefer, R-Turnerville.

"I don't think we'll have any problem getting it through,'' Hudgens said.

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 .