Commissioner Beaudreau to run for re-election

This time, Mike Beaudreau should be considered the favorite.

The young Dacula man was a political unknown in 2004, when he beat an incumbent and a well-known businessman to become District 3's commissioner. Beaudreau announced this week he would seek a second term.

"There weren't a lot of folks that gave us a chance," in the '04 Republican primary, Beaudreau said during a press conference. "We started out as a blip (on the radar), but turned into a storm."

In his three years in office, Beaudreau said he was proud of the parks he created and of cutting taxes. In the 2008 campaign, he outlined key goals of public safety, expanding parks, activity centers and keeping taxes low.

"I do feel I have some unfinished business in the county," he said. "I'm not afraid to be a 4-1 vote if I have to be."

New protest planned

A group of Gwinnettians will rally once again. Today's event, though, has a different point than recent anti-war demonstrations.

Demonstrators plan to urge U.S. Rep. John Linder and President George W. Bush to "stop blocking health care for Georgia's children," according to a press release.

Wednesday, Bush vetoed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which funds PeachCare as well as programs in other states to provide children with insurance.

U.S. Rep. John Linder, who voted against the Democrats' proposal, said he co-sponsored a "clean" reauthorization bill. He said the Democrats' version has measures that relax protections against illegal immigration, increase certain federal taxes and increase government spending and control.

"I believe there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of America's youth. ... Unfortunately, there are those in Congress who would play partisan political games with this issue," Linder said. "It would be irresponsible for this Congress to put such a massive burden on the shoulders of America's future."

Dorothy Shaw, an event organizer from Snellville, sees things differently.

"President Bush and the Republicans are blocking health care for our children," she said. "This is a question of priorities for Rep. Linder. Bush and the Republicans are spending billions per week on the war in Iraq, but they won't protect the health of our kids back home?"

The rally is planned for 6 p.m. at the intersection of Annistown Road and North Deshong Road in the Stone Mountain area.

Gwinnett's other representative, Democrat Hank Johnson, voted for the bill.

"We can afford it and our children need and deserve it," Johnson said in a statement. "Ironically, the same president who says this children's health insurance plan costs too much doesn't blink an eye when it comes to spending $125 billion a year in Iraq."

Also today, Democrat Dale Cardwell, the former television reporter who is challenging U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the 2008 election, has scheduled a press conference to talk about children's health care.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. E-mail Camie Young at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.