Auld vs. Harrell in state House race

Warren Auld wants to replace Melvin Everson ... again.

Auld, who succeeded Everson in 2004 on the Snellville City Council, announced he would seek Everson's House seat, which the first black Republican to win a contested election in the state is vacating to run for labor commissioner.

"I've been blessed with an opportunity to work for open, honest and limited government for the people and taxpayers of Snellville, and we need that same type of honest, genuine conservatism at every level of government," Auld said. "That's why I'm running for the State House."

The 2010 race for House District 106 is sure to contain all the characteristics of a Snellville election, as former Mayor Brett Harrell has already announced a campaign. Harrell and Auld are on opposite sides of the city's political spectrum.

"We need elected officials who will listen to what the people are saying," Auld said. "My goal is to bring the decisions out of the back rooms and ensure the citizens are heard. As a conservative, I fought tax increases in Snellville, and I have worked in opposition to the proposed county property tax increase."

Auld, an attorney, lives in the city with his wife Joan and children, Jacob and Mary Grace. His plans were unclear on whether he'd seek council re-election.

Clark won't seek re-election

Lawrenceville Councilman Bob Clark will step down at the end of this year.

Clark, who has served for four years, decided against seeking re-election, saying he wanted to be able to devote more time to business and personal interests.

"During my tenure I have worked to enhance the quality of neighborhoods and to promote economic prosperity across the city," Clark said in an e-mail. "I am pleased with my efforts on the council, and I will remain interested and involved in Lawrenceville's progress."

Last week, Katie Hart Smith, a former nurse and children's book author, announced she would run in November's election for Clark's seat.

Telephone town hall meeting

Just days after people crammed a town hall meeting on health care reform before U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, Gwinnett's other congressman will hear from constituents via telephone.

U.S. Rep. John Linder, whose district also encompasses Walton and Barrow counties as well as portions of Forsyth and Newton, has planned two tele-town hall meetings during the August break, and a staffer said he will consider hosting a more traditional forum.

"Communicating with my constituents is a priority for me, and it is important that constituents have an opportunity to tell me where they stand," Linder said in a press release. "The level of participation in our democratic process is at an extremely high level and I personally think this is what America needs. I am grateful that technology now allows literally unlimited numbers of us from every corner of the district to gather at the same time."

Although tonight's teleconference is not solely devoted to the issue, as a Republican, he has said he does not support the proposed universal health care plan.

To join the call, at 7 p.m. call toll free, 1-800-857-6263, and state the pass-code, "Linder Town Hall."

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.