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Political notebook: Kenerly cousin competing in Jackson County election

If you spot a "Kenerly" sign on the side of the road this election cycle, don't worry that Commissioner Kevin Kenerly is beginning a campaign three years early.

Those signs, which can be spotted just north of Gwinnett in Hoschton, are for Theresa Kenerly, the commissioner's cousin, who has often been spotted at political events.

Theresa, the daughter of Tom and MaryAnn Kenerly, who owned the Kenerlys' store in Lilburn for decades before it was sold to make way for Wal-Mart, has been the treasurer for her cousin's campaign for years. But this is her first foray into her own race.

She faces incumbent Hoschton Councilman James Keinard on the Nov. 6 ballot, which means she won't be in Hiawasee the weekend before for the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners' annual retreat.

Kevin Kenerly said he supports his cousin, but he said she didn't learn from him. Instead, her parents were his inspiration for years.

"She's doing a great job out there," Kevin Kenerly said.

Another complaint

Mayor Nick Masino has again been accused of wrongdoing for openly supporting another candidate in the upcoming Suwanee mayoral race.

Andy Duncan, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council earlier this year, filed a complaint against Masino last week. He said that Masino wearing a sticker in support of Dave Williams while he emceed the Suwanee Day event was an improper use of his authority.

On Wednesday, an investigating committee for the Suwanee City Council dismissed a complaint about Masino from William's challenger, Tom McConnell. The committee will meet Wednesday to hear Duncan's plea.

Cast your ballot

Early voting begins Monday in cities throughout the area.

Voters can go to their respective city halls during regular business hours to fill out their ballots. The regular election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

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.