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Fourth candidate enters Snellville council race

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fourth person entered the special election for Snellville Wednesday.

Kelly Kautz, a 29-year-old real estate attorney, joined the race to replace Mike Smith, who resigned from the City Council after he was indicted earlier this year.

Already among the field of candidates are former Councilman Warren Auld, teacher Teri Dippel and real estate businessman Vince Buono.

Kautz said she grew up in Snellville and when she returned after college wasn't happy with changes in the city.

Also Wednesday, Jonathon Aurelia entered the Republican primary race for solicitor.

The private practice attorney will face assistant solicitor Rosanna Szabo, as incumbent Gerald Blaney is retiring.

Two more people entered the congressional race for District 4.

U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney already faced a challenge in the Democratic primary by DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson. John Coyne joined the primary race, and frequent challenger Catherine Davis qualified as a Republican.

In Barrow County, Tim Taylor made it a three-person race for the school board seat being vacated by Danny Rampey, along with Amy Osier and former superintendent Dan Cromer.

Larry Ballard qualified to run against incumbent School Board Member Beverly Kelley.

At the Capitol, Mac Rawson, a Democrat from Athens qualified to run against Barrow's representative in the Senate, Ralph Hudgens.

Incumbents Robert Mumford, who represents part of southern Gwinnett, and Tommy Benton, who has a section of Barrow, qualified for re-election to the House.

A Norcross man qualified to run against Gov. Sonny Perdue in the Republican primary. On the ballot, the name will appear as Ray "States Rights" McBerry.