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Disclosure lists show leanings

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

With campaign disclosure reports streaming in for those seeking state office, Gwinnett's political leanings can be found.

In the race for agriculture commissioner, two Republicans have sent out endorsement lists will lots of local interest.

Athens Sen. Brian Kemp's supporters include Sens. David Shafer of Duluth, Dunwoody's Daniel Weber, who represents Peachtree Corners, Renee Unterman of Buford, Don Balfour of Snellville, Reps. John Heard of Lawrenceville, Clay Cox of Lilburn, Melvin Everson of Snellville and Robert Mumford of Conyers, who represents southern Gwinnett.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Mike Smith and Snellville Councilman Bruce Garraway are on the endorsement list.

Barrow's Sheriff Joe Robinson, commissioners Bill Brown and Jerry Lampp and school board members Danny Rampey and Lynn Stevens gave their support to Kemp, along with Braselton Mayor Pat Graham and Statham Mayor Ralph Bridges.

Another Republican seeking the nomination to run against longtime incumbent Tommy Irvin, Gary Black, has local support too.

He's been endorsed by two of Gwinnett's congressmen, Nathan Deal and John Linder and Charlie Norwood, who represents Barrow in Congress.

Former Transportation Commissioner Wayne Shackelford, who is chairman-elect of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, has also offered his support, along with Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn, former Rep. Jeff Williams, who now lives in Braselton, and Barrow Commission Chairman Doug Garrison.

Meet and greet

Next month, locals will host a get-together for Fulton Commission Chairwoman Karen Handel.

She's seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

Hosting the meet and greet are Snellville's Smith, Garraway and Barbara Bender, along with the Snell family, which runs E.R. Snell Contractors, Christopher Harris, Alan Najjar and Emory Morsberger.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Mason-Todd House in Snellville.

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.