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Political Notebook: Lasseter hires consultants, picks team for campaign

Shirley Lasseter has assembled a bevy of big-time politicos for her campaign team.

The former Duluth mayor, who is seeking the Republican nomination for commission District 1, hired On Target Public Affairs as political consultants.

That means her staffers will include Marty Klein, former Georgia Republican Party executive director, Clint Austin, a well-known consultant, and Tony Simon, former Georgia GOP Senate political director.

The campaign committee is chaired by Julianne Thompson, former Georgia GOP press secretary and former legislative aid to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee who currently serves on the Gwinnett County Planning Commission.

Lasseter's campaign treasurer is her daughter, Jennifer Limon a professional accountant from Suwanee.

Other team members include businessman Johnny Barrett and businesswomen Cody Moran, Julie Amerson and Carolyn Schrichte.

"I am so honored to have such a dedicated, professional group of campaign workers on my team as we move forward in our campaign for county commission," Lasseter said. "It is humbling when so many volunteer their support. Our committee has become like a family, and we are adding new family members every day."

Last week, Lawrenceville man Mark Grams announced he would also seek the post, which is currently held by Lorraine Green. Green is pursuing the Republican nomination for commission chairman against incumbent Charles Bannister.

Mass meetings scheduled

This weekend, the local GOP will start choosing delegates for the upcoming Gwinnett County Republican Party County Convention. To participate, you must be a county resident who is registered to vote and believes in the party's principles.

Precinct mass meetings begin at 9:15 Saturday at locations based on school districts:

· District 1, Dacula High School, 123 Broad St., Dacula

· District 2, Rivershyre Community Club House, 1200 Rivershyre Parkway, Lawrenceville

· District 3, Duluth High School, 3737 Brock Road, Duluth

· District 4, Gwinnett County Library, Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville

· District 5, Lilburn City Hall, 55 Main St. Lilburn

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.