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Commissioner looking toward 2010 election
Political Notebook

Last November, Kevin Kenerly vowed he'd won his last county election. But the four-term county commissioner isn't giving up politics.

Instead, he's already planning his quest for higher office.

"I might put my hat in the ring for president, too," Kenerly said with a laugh last week, as he announced his resignation from the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau to focus his time on both personal and political endeavors.

Sure, Kenerly's resignation from the bureau places his friend and fellow commissioner Bert Nasuti in the best position to spearhead his pet project of bringing minor-league baseball to the county.

But Kenerly said he wasn't simply giving up the board for Nasuti's benefit.

"I'm getting more and more busy everyday," he said, pointing to the upcoming football season, during which he coaches a youth team, and his wife coaches two cheerleading squads.

And while Kenerly was kidding about a run for the White House in 2008, he is looking at a run for statewide office in 2010.

"I love politics because I'm able to help the folks I represent," Kenerly said, talking about the discouragement he has felt watching politicians react to issues instead of controlling the future. He used the current interest in dogfighting legislation just days after the indictment of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick as an example.

"You're supposed to lead. You're not supposed to follow," he said. "Why do we need something to happen before we make a decision?"

Kenerly said he hasn't decided which office to seek, but he closed his commission campaign account last year.

"We're going to get out of the county government for now. I think 16 years is enough," he said. "There's not a single office we're not looking at. I'm looking at where do people need somebody. ... I want to be the one who is always out front leading the charge."

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.