Barrow Republicans pick leader, other officers

It's worked for years in Barrow County, so while Democrats are gaining steam in national politics, the county Republican Party is sticking with the leaders that have kept Democrats out of any local office since 2002.

Ken Young, who served as treasurer or assistant treasurer for the past dozen years, won election as chairman of the GOP.

Young, like the five other officers elected March 24, ran unopposed for the leadership post.

Clay Kelley was elected first vice-chair, with the second vice-chair slot going to Teeny Hang, whose husband, Scott, just finished a term as party chairman.

Cal Neff was elected treasurer, and Tom Williamson took the assistant treasurer job, while Deb Golder was tapped for secretary.

"We're getting organized for the 2008 campaign," Young said. "The overall goal is to elect all Republican officials."

Young has a goal of improving party membership from the mid-50s to 100 by the end of this year.

The next regular monthly meeting of the County Committee of the Barrow County Republican Party is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Winder Woman's Club.

For more information, call Young at 770-867-5748 or e-mail him at barrowrepublicans@yahoo.com.

Balfour intern is constituent

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, didn't just gain an intern this legislative session. He may have also gained a vote.

Balfour chose Georgia College and State University junior Tiffany Walton as an intern for his legislative office, but at the time, he did not know Walton was also a constituent.

The Central Gwinnett grad and her parents live in Balfour's 9th District.

"She came across as a very bright young lady," Balfour said of Walton. "She is confident, highly motivated and is very interested in the legislative process. It was clear she was the right fit."

Her Lawrenceville address, "that was just icing on the cake," Balfour said when he found out during the interview.

Walton, however, knew who Balfour was. She remembered him speaking to her high school history class.

"He came and spoke about the legislative process," Walton said. "I knew I wanted to major in political science, so I was very interested in what he was saying. Getting to work at the Capitol during this legislative session has

been a dream come true for me.

"I really enjoy working for Sen. Balfour. He is a man of his word and shows a great deal of compassion for his constituents. I have learned more during this 2007 session than I ever could have learned in a classroom."

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.