Last-minute volleys fired in campaigns

What would the week before an election be like without a last-minute accusation or controversy?

This time around, we have District 4 commission candidate John Kenney filing a complaint with the State Ethics Commission about incumbent Kevin Kenerly.

Kenney found in Kenerly's Aug. 4 campaign disclosure funds that the commissioner had accepted six checks for $2,000 and one for $1,500 to spend on the Republican primary runoff.

But state law limits contributions to $1,000 per election.

"I wasn't a part of the runoff, but it was wrong," Kenney said.

He filed the complaint Friday, but the state ethics commission has a backlog of several months for hearing cases.

Kenerly said he will file an amendment to his disclosure. He said the items were supposed to be listed as $1,000 for the runoff and the remaining funds for the general election.

"It's funny that John Kenney wants to talk about a paperwork issue and not the real issue."

Early voting

More than 2,000 voters have already cast ballots in next week's election.

According to Gwinnett Elections Director Lynn Ledford, nearly 1,000 people voted Monday, on the first day of the weeklong early voting period, and another 1,200 cast ballots Tuesday.

Numbers for Wednesday were not yet available.

The majority of people are coming to the county elections office, which is on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville, but about 500 people voted at the Centerville Community Center and nearly 400 did so at the Singleton Road activity building.

Gov. Sonny Perdue already cast his vote, sending an absentee ballot by mail.

"Voting is an awesome privilege and responsibility," Perdue said. "Georgians have important decisions to make about the direction our state and nation will take over the next four years, and I encourage all Georgians to vote in this election by absentee ballot, advance voting or at the polls on Nov. 7."

Campaign stops

Those who want to meet the governor or his Democratic opponent are in luck.

Both Perdue and Mark Taylor will make campaign stops in Gwinnett on Saturday.

Perdue will be appearing with Republicans running in all the statewide races as well as local politicians at a 7:45 a.m. breakfast.

The "Moving Georgia Forward" rally will be held on the steps of the historic Gwinnett County courthouse in Lawrenceville.

At 3:45 p.m., Taylor is scheduled to shake hands at Discover Mills mall in Lawrenceville. The state's current lieutenant governor is expected to appear in front of the Books-A-Million store.

Political Notebook appears Thursday and Sunday.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.