Men take helm of county Huckabee campaign

Two Gwinnett men will lead the campaign for Mike Huckabee in this heavily Republican county.

The appointments of Timothy Barr of Lawrenceville and Lewis Cooksey of Dacula as co-chairmen of the local campaign came this week.

Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, won the Iowa caucuses earlier this month and has the endorsement of Gwinnett's senior congressman John Linder. Georgians will vote in the presidential preference primary on Feb. 5.

"Timothy and Lewis will be responsible for signing up volunteers in the county who will spread Gov. Huckabee's message, participate in phone banking and give out campaign materials," said John McGee, 7th Congressional District chairman of Georgia for Huckabee.

"It is an honor to be selected county chairman" said Barr, a local builder who has worked on several campaigns previously. "I am supporting Mike Huckabee because he has a strong plan to bring our borders under control, shrink the size of government, rein in the IRS, improve student achievement, create a veterans bill of rights, and his unwavering convictions to the sanctity of life. Mike Huckabee is an optimist and a man of faith who is best prepared to lead this country."

Cooksey is a surveyor and member of Hebron Baptist Church.

Fleming raises money for campaign for Congress

Rep. Barry Fleming's campaign for Georgia's 10th Congressional District raised nearly $300,000 dollars since October.

To date, Fleming has garnered $563,475 in contributions from supporters across the state and the district, which includes portions of Braselton.

"These are the results of many long hours of teamwork by my family, staff, and supporters from across the district" Fleming said. "It's beyond humbling to have so many people investing in my campaign. Conservatism is alive and well in Northeast Georgia."

Fleming, a former Columbia County commission chairman, is staging a race against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

"I am proud of the things we have accomplished in Georgia," said Fleming. "We talked about bringing conservatism back to the state House, and that is exactly what we have accomplished. Now it's time to do the same thing in Washington."