Suwanee council race set

The first of three replacements to Suwanee's top positions will be determined in June.

Two men qualified this week for the City Council post left vacant when Alan Landers resigned after getting married and moving from the city.

A June 19 election will decide if the seat goes to Kevin McOmber, a civil engineer who designed the city's Town Green, or Andy Duncan, who has helped with several city projects.

Duncan said he's become more involved in the city since he moved there nine years ago, serving on a 2000 master plan committee and a planning and zoning subcommittee last year. He also helped build the community-built PlayTown Suwanee playground.

"It seemed like a good opportunity and a good time to throw my hat in the ring," Duncan said, adding that he's interested in keeping the small-town feel in the city as it grows. "I'm not against growth and development, but I believe it should be controlled, not sacrificing the quality of life people have come to expect."

Duncan works as an information technology administrator. His wife Tracy owns a business in the city. The couple have a 4-year-old son Avery.

McOmber is a member of the Gwinnett Water and Sewerage Authority and a founding member of the Suwanee Downtown Development Authority.

"In my 20 years of experience working with small government, the Town Center was by far the most enjoyable project I have had the pleasure of working on," he said when he announced a city council bid last month. "I look forward to spending time with the same team at the city, in a different capacity, to see other great things happen in our community."

Officials had considered using the June special election for a planned referendum on using tax allocation districts to revitalize the city, but after a dispute between legislators, the referendum was left for November ballots.

Also in November, voters could determine the next mayor. Nick Masino has said he won't seek a third term after accepting a job as vice president of economic development for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

A search is also on for the next city manager, as Hardin Watkins is leaving for a similar job in North Carolina.

Community events

Two events will be held this week to give constituents opportunities to meet elected officials.

Tonight, the Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative town hall meeting.

Senators and representatives are expected to give a summary of the events during the recently concluded session of the General Assembly, plus some insights into the expected special session.

Then on Saturday, Gwinnett County will host an open house in connection with National County Government Week.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park community center in Lawrenceville, and will include children's activities, music, free food, and information on government services.

Match made in politics

Congratulations go out to Scott Haggard, the former campaign manager and aide to both Chairman Charles Bannister and U.S. Rep. John Linder.

Saturday, Haggard married Sally Sherrington, who is the executive director of the Gwinnett Village Community Alliance and is daughter of Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.