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Attorney to run for Senate

A Duluth attorney announced he would seek the Senate seat currently held by David Shafer.

Shafer has been planning a run for lieutenant governor in 2010, so Matt Reeves filed papers to run for District 48.

"The hard-working taxpayers and business people in north Fulton, Duluth and Berkeley Lake deserve a conservative Republican workhorse in the state Senate," Reeves said in a press release announcing his campaign. "You need a combination of hands-on state government experience, credentials and the ability to handle complex matters, to be an affective state senator. My business and state government experience will help make things happen under the Gold Dome for all the residents of this important state Senate district."

Reeves is a business and real estate attorney with Anderson, Tate & Carr. During the 2008 legislative session, he served as legal counsel to Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and he served on the joint Senate-House evidence code study committee following the session.

A current member of Duluth's Ethics Board and Parks and Recreation Board, Reeves worked for Sen. Saxby Chambliss when he was a member of the House of Representatives and has raised money for Chambliss and other Republican candidates.

In the press release, Reeves said he is formulating his platform by meeting with residents around his district, but he plans to focus on the re-creation of Milton County, which is proposed as a split from Fulton, as well as "reducing the tax burden and wasteful spending."

Other priorities include reducing crime and illegal immigration, being an advocate for the health care community, promoting local funding and local control of schools and "standing up for conservative values," the release said.

Reeves' campaign has ties to some successful Duluth politicians. His campaign committee is being chaired by Mark Gary, who helped Shirley Lasseter win her county commission seat last year, and his treasurer is Warren McClellan who served the same role in Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris' 2007 campaign.

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.