Political notebook: Commissioner's husband's funeral to be held Friday

Shirley Lasseter's "biggest cheerleader" died Tuesday.

Joe Lasseter, who followed his wife on the campaign trail and was a fixture in Duluth politics, passed away after suffering two strokes.

"I am so saddened to even tell you this - I am just beside myself," the commissioner wrote in an e-mail to friends. "He will be so missed by so many people but so much by me, who loved him unconditionally."

Lasseter, 72, accompanied his wife to her first commission meeting earlier this month after helping her campaign for the job last year and supporting her through 14 years as mayor of Duluth. Shirley Lasseter then had to miss the county governing board's next two meetings to be with her husband.

The couple was married for 18 years. In addition to his wife, Joe Lasseter is survived by eight children and five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bill Head Funeral Home in Duluth.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Duluth First United Methodist Church with Dr. Tommy Green officiating.

Commissioner Kevin Kenerly has also missed meetings of the Board of Commissioners the past two weeks. His father Daniel, a real estate agent who was well-known in the Lawrenceville-Lilburn communities, passed away two weeks ago.

Since then, Kenerly has been helping his family as his wife Beth's father Billy Williams has been gravely ill.

"It's hard," Kenerly said of all the personal and economic issues facing the board now.

Candidate for governor to hold open house

Gwinnett is the headquarters for a retired general running for governor.

David Poythress, who has formerly served as the state's commissioner of labor and lieutenant governor before becoming the commander of the Georgia Army and Air National Guard, is opening his campaign headquarters in Norcross.

From 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, people can meet the candidate, who is the only declared Democrat in the 2010 race, at the headquarters at 6000 Live Oak Parkway, Suite 107-G.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.