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BOC candidate wants to bring MARTA to Gwinnett

SUWANEE - A Duluth businessman who wants to extend transit in Gwinnett is running for the Board of Commissioners.

Bruce LeVell, a community activist, officially announced his candidacy for the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Lorraine Green, who will challenge Charles Bannister for the chairman position.

LeVell will join fellow Republican candidates Shirley Lasseter, the former mayor of Duluth, and Mark Grams on primary ballots July 15.

The jewelry store owner serves as the county's representative to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District board and on the MARTA board, and he supports extending MARTA rail service into Gwinnett.

"Who would ever know we would grow from 200,000 to 800,000 residents?" LeVell said of a failed referendum to extend the service two decades ago. "People didn't see the traffic then."

In the short-term, though LeVell has plans to use articulated buses along the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate 85.

LeVell also wants to decrease crime in the community and continue the revitalization efforts from the Village area to preserve prosperity in northern Gwinnett.

While LeVell, who is of mixed races, said he does not believe race is an issue in the election, he said he wants to reach out to Gwinnett's diverse populations as part of his campaign.

For more information on his campaign, go to www.levell2008.com.